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A grocery store/gas station combo in Waukesha, Wisconsin is being sued for setting their prices at the pump too low last year.

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Woodman's is a local grocery chain, and like many grocery stores, they have a gas station, too. And it's this gas station that's the center of all the hubbub because the BP and Shell stations in town say Woodman's prices were too good.

According to the Milwaukee Sentinal/Journal...

"Gogo Petroleum LLC, which operates a Shell station at 1635 E. Main Street, and Super Four Corp, the operator of a BP station at 1610 Lincoln Ave., said Woodman's violated Wisconsin's Unfair Sales Act, which prohibits selling goods below cost....(saying they)...failed to comply with that act for at least 40 of the past 180 days since Sept. 27, 2020 and when the suit was filed in March 2021."

The lawsuit also says the BP and Shell stations were forced to keep its fuel price higher, which kept customers shopping elsewhere, either Woodman's or Woodman's competitor, which seems to be Costco.

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7 News says Woodman's response is they didn't do anything wrong.

Woodman’s has responded to the lawsuit, according to local reports, saying their lower prices are under an exception from the Unfair Sales Act that allows them to drop the price of gas to meet a competitor’s price as long as they notify the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Personal Note: Interesting the BP and Shell owners don't seem to be suing Costco. Or if they are, I can't find any info about it.

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