Judge sides with Marathon in price-gouging case

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has ruled that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway failed to meet the burden of proof needed to warrant an injunction against Marathon Petroleum Co., the Ohio-based firm that Conway suspects of price gouging in the wake of recent storms.

Judge Thomas Wingate denied Conway's request for an injunction on Wednesday.

The ruling came after last week's hearing in which petroleum experts offered contradictory testimony about whether Marathon illegally raised gas prices in April after heavy rains caused widespread flooding.

Conway had sought a court order requiring Marathon to reduce prices to levels charged shortly before the storms. Since Conway took the company to court, gasoline prices have fallen sharply.

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