Regulation & Legislation

Regulation & legislation news affecting the convenience store industry
Gas pumps

Customers complained of pump prices $3.99 or higher during Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas attorney general has accused more than 100 fuel retailers of price gouging during the state of disaster declared for Hurricane Harvey. The attorney general's office received about 5,500 price-gouging complaints related to Hurricane Harvey, with many including evidence...

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Retailer allegedly leveraged a woman’s illegal residency for financial gain

MILWAUKEE -- A Wisconsin convenience-store retailer has been charged with harboring an alien for financial gain, forced labor involving aggravated sexual abuse and document servitude, in an indictment issued Oct. 24. Federal agents allege that Harshinder Bhatia withheld an Indian immigrant’s...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court says yes

OKLAHOMA CITY -- In a potentially far-reaching decision, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Oct. 24 that convenience stores could be held liable when they sell beer to an intoxicated person. By a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled the state should allow lawsuits that target a commercial vendor of...

Soda sugar
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Menthol cigarettes
Ordinance covers cigarettes, blunt wraps and vaping
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Appeals court says San Francisco advertising labels are deceptive
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Minneapolis becomes the poster child for retail regulations