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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Oil firms could face class-action lawsuit

CANADIAN PRESS
11 January 2007

SUPERIOR COURT TO HEAR REQUEST Suit alleges that energy companies colluded
to raise gasoline prices by 1.3 cents a litre

The country’s major oil companies could face a class-action lawsuit alleging they colluded with each other to raise the price of gasoline in Quebec.

A Quebec woman is seeking permission in Quebec Superior Court to launch a class-action lawsuit against Petro-Canada, Shell Canada, Ultramar and Imperial Oil.

Catherine Savoie accuses the oil companies of raising the price of gasoline in the province by 1.3 cents per litre to offset a planned government tax aimed at financing Quebec’s new environmental plan.

In court documents, Savoie said Premier Jean Charest’s Liberal government has yet to finalize details about the tax, including when it will be implemented and how much oil companies will be charged.

She said the oil companies nevertheless went ahead and raised their prices in unison around Jan. 1.

Savoie’s motion contends that the oil companies are making $5 million per week from the price hike.

None of Savoie’s claims have been proved in court.

Oil industry representatives warned the provincial government last year that it would raise gasoline prices to compensate for the government’s so-called “green tax.”

The Charest government announced plans last summer to raise $200 million by taxing oil and gas companies in an effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in the province.

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1 Comment on “MONTREAL GAZETTE: Oil firms could face class-action lawsuit”

  1. #1 tim pellett
    on Jan 11th, 2007 at 13:43

    i would like to be updateed on this as muchas possable

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