Case Details

Year Initiated/Committed


Year Resolved


Settlement Amount

$290,000 civiil penalties


Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit in and for Leon County, Florida

Docket Number

CV 94 047 34

Lead State


Participating States



Pafford Oil Company, James M. Pafford; Ashley Pafford May

Case Description

As part of a negotiated settlement, the State of Florida sought civil penalties and injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant oil company and its corporate officers violated F.S. Chapter 526, and purchased and sold over a million gallons of non-Amoco brand gasoline from Amoco pumps owned or operated by the Amoco company in Leon, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin Counties. Further, the state alleged that the defendants exchanged current and future retail gasoline price information with other retail gasoline dealers in direct competition in order to fix or raise the price of retail gasoline.
In order to resolve the dispute without costly litigation, the parties entered a Final Judgment by Consent in which the defendant company and corporate officers agreed to pay $290,000 in civil penalties, and they agreed to refrain from exchanging current or future retail gasoline information with other retail gasoline dealers. In addition, the defendants agreed to refrain from deceiving and misleading consumers by selling their own brand of gasoline and the grade of octane marked on the pump.