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AP: More station owners allege price fixing by Shell, Chevron

Associated Press – August 21, 2007 6:34 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Nearly two dozen gas station owners in California are suing Shell Oil Co., Chevron Corp. and Saudi Refining Inc..

The gas station owners claim the big oil companies conspired to fix prices for 23,000 franchise owners nationwide.

The case filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco and seeks class-action status.

It is similar to one California station owners filed in 2004 — a case that was tossed out the U.S. Supreme Court.

Like the previous case, the new plaintiffs say chairmen of the three oil companies met privately nearly every month starting in March 1996 for the “purpose of forming and organizing a combination.”

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