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Anapol Weiss Files Lawsuit against CITGO for Deceptive Pricing

By: Anapol Weiss

Anapol Weiss, along with attorney Michael J. Cefalo, filed a lawsuit in Luzerne County, PA alleging that certain retail gas stations state violated the law by failing to clearly show that lower advertised prices for gas purchased with cash excluded debit card purchases.

Anapol Weiss Shareholder David S. Senoff is a
leader in Pennsylvania class action litigation.

The firm filed the class action lawsuit against Valley Mart #5 CITGO and CITGO Petroleum Corp. on behalf of “… all Pennsylvania residents who paid for CITGO branded gasoline with a debit card in Pennsylvania between Jan, 16, 2010, and the present, at CITGO retail gas stations that advertised a lower ‘cash’ price without differentiating the price to be charged for purchases made with debit cards.”

The class action claims the pricing CITGO provided was “deceptive and confusing” and misrepresented the lower cash price by failing to show on its signs that the lower price excluded purchases made with debit cards. The CITGO lawsuit seeks compensation in excess of $50,000 as well as “declaratory and supplemental relief” for those affected.

This is the second class action lawsuit the firm has filed against a gas station for deceptive pricing. In April, Anapol Weiss and Cefalo filed suit against Uni-Mart LLC, alleging the gas stations have engaged in similar deceptive business practices. The first complaint alleges that Uni-Mart violated the state’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law by causing consumer confusion regarding the price of gas for those paying with a debit card.