- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A class-action lawsuit against several Vermont gasoline wholesalers and retailers alleging price fixing of more than $100 million in improper profits is moving forward.

A Chittenden Superior Court judge denied motions to dismiss filed by R.L. Vallee Inc., SB Collins Inc., Champlain Farms/Wesco Inc., and Champlain Oil Co.

The suit accuses the wholesalers of “conspiring to fix the price of gas at artificially high levels” and states it was filed on behalf of “all citizens and businesses” that purchased gas from the defendants since June 2005.

Attorney Joshua Simonds has said the lawsuit asks for restitution to anyone who bought gas in Chittenden, Franklin or Grand Isle counties since 2005.

The judge dismissed parts of the suit and says it’s still unclear whether the evidence will support its allegations.


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