Gasoline lines form Thursday in North Texas as Harvey disrupts supply
If you paid too much for gasoline in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, you might be able to get some of it back.
Anyone who bought gas for $3.99 a gallon or more at nearly a dozen area gas stations accused of price gouging last year — mostly Big Willy’s — can file for a refund.
“My office is sending a powerful message that taking advantage of Texans during a declared disaster such as Hurricane Harvey is against the law and we will always do everything in our power to hold violators accountable,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written statement.
“This latest settlement ensures that aggrieved consumers are repaid if they were victims of price gouging at the pumps.”
Texas law prevents companies from “charging exorbitant prices” for necessities during disasters such as Harvey that devastated some beach-side communities before dumping more than 50 inches of rain on Houston and surrounding areas in a matter of days.
After Harvey hit, some refineries shut down, prompting a number of North Texans to hurry to fill up their vehicles with gasoline.
Long lines formed at many gas stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and prices began spiking well above $3 for just a gallon of unleaded gasoline or diesel.
In the end, thousands of complaints by Texans who felt they were victims of price gouging were filed with the attorney general’s office.
Now, the owners of another 11 gas stations in North Texas have agreed to reimburse eligible consumers who paid $3.99 or more per gallon of gas between Aug. 31, 2017, and Sept. 6, 2017, at:
▪ Lucky Mart, 3841 Cummings Drive, and Happy Hill, 8101 East FM 917, Alvarado, TX 76009;
▪ BigWilly’s #9, 4500 South Bowen Road, Arlington, TX 76017;
▪ BigWilly’s #11, 216 NW Renfro Street, Burleson, TX 76028;
▪ Big Willy’s #17, 710 South Main Street, Cleburne, TX 76033;
▪ Big Willy’s #10, 6051 Lake Worth Blvd., Lake Worth, TX 76135;
▪ Big Willy’s #8, 1595 E. Broad Street, Mansfield, TX 76063;
▪ Big Willy’s #18, 1703 East Hubbard Street, Mineral Wells, TX 76067; and
▪ Big Willy’s #15, 707 East Jefferson Avenue, Whitney, TX 76692.
Claims for refunds may be filed through Jan. 31, 2019, and refunds should be made by March 15, 2019.
Forms are available online at https://www2.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/files/2018/BWclaimform.pdf.
Texans who believe they are victims of price gouging by any business at any time can reach out to the state’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-621-0508 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.