6/15/16 – 5:31 A.M.
A lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky against Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum is moving forward. The Courier reports that a federal judge has rejected Marathon’s motion to dismiss a suit that claims the company illegally keeps gas prices higher in northern Kentucky.
The suit claims that Marathon’s dominance in the market allows if to keep prices artificially high. The company owns the only refinery in the state. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway alleges Marathon limits the number of competing stations in the northern part of the state. He also says Marathon is limiting the ability of gas stations to buy from other wholesalers and uses agreements with other refining competitors to keep prices up.
The suit alleges gas prices in the Louisville area are 20 to 30 cents higher than the rest of the state.
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