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Price Gouging Gas Station Fined

A gas station also known as West End Motors in Lovettsville, Loudoun County reached a settlement with Virginia Attorney General over price-gouging during the Colonial Pipeline shutdown last year. The company was charged with violating the Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act.

Between May 11 and May 14, the gas station charged prices of $3.51 for unleaded regular, $3.799 for midgrade, and $3.999 for premium above average. This increase is around 24% to 22% increase over what the gas station was charging the previous 10 days.

The Attorney General also argued that the price raise was not due to regular business cost increase, and that the price increase likely was much more than the average alleged.

West End Motors agreed to stop any further violations and pay $6,567.53 in restitution for affected customers, $1,250 in civil penalties, and $1,250 in attorney’s fees.

If any affected customers purchased gas on May 11, 12, or 14, 2021 from West End Motors and desire a compensation, they should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section.

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