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C-2668 COMMERCIAL INVESTORS, INC., ET AL
C-2643 COMMODORE CORPORATION, THE

8874 CORNING GLASS WORKS
8851 CROWN CENTRAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION

(Interlocutory order) C-2670 CUBCO, INC., ET AL

600 896

8951 DELTOWN FOODS INCORPORATED, ET AL C-2632 DUOFOLD, INC.

550 207

8826 EATON CORPORATION (Eaton Yale & Towne, Inc., and its successor in name)

878 C-262A EDUCATIONAL FINANCE CORP., ET AL

75 8908 ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, INC., ET AL (Interlocutory order)

894 8934 EXXON CORPORATION, ET AL (Interlocutory orders) ... 91, 404, 674,

815, 864

8982 FASHION FLOORS, INC., ET AL

8932 FEDDERS CORPORATION
C-2627 FEDERATED SANITARY CORP., ET AL
C-2669 FILMDEX CHEX SYSTEM INCORPORATED, ET AL
C-2641 FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES, INC.

8937 FREIGHT LIQUIDATORS, ET AL (Steven Rizzi T/A) C-2626 FUQUA INDUSTRIES, INC., ET AL

820

38 130 889 414

274 .... 93

C-2638 GENERAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CORPORATION, ET
AL

237 8907 GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, ET AL

27 C-2658 GEORGIA AGENCY COMPANY, INC., ET AL

805 C-2625 GIBRALTAR MINT, INC., ET AL

86 8989 GIFFORD-HILL & COMPANY, INC. (Interlocutory orders) ... 948, 1171 C-2675 GIMBEL BROTHERS, INC., ET AL

1102 C-2654 GRAND FURS LTD., ET AL

678 8916 GREAT ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TEA COMPANY, INC., THE 601

596

7

C-2653 HALLBERG HOMES, INC., ET AL

8795 HARBOR BANANA DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
8795 HARBOR BANANA DISTRIBUTORS, INC., (Interlocutory or-

der)
C-2634 HART SCHAFFNER & MARX, ET AL
C-2625 HATTIE CARNEGIE JEWELRY ENTERPRISES, LTD., ET AL
C-2655 HEALTH SPA INTERNATIONAL, INC., ET AL

8834 HOLIDAY MAGIC, INC., ET AL (Interlocutory order)
8834 HOLIDAY MAGIC, INC., ET AL

9017 HORIZON CORPORATION (Interlocutory order) C-2645 HUGH MOONEY (T/A Organic Masque Co. C-2636 HYDRO-AIR ENGINEERING, INC

682 216

86 683 19

90 1021 506 229

C-2623 INSURANCE BUDGETING, INC., ET AL
C-2622 INSURANCE FINANCE PLAN CO., ET AL

9008 Interstate Investors Corporation, et al

15 10 949

C-2637 J.D. ADAMS COMPANY

233

8977 J.M. SANDERS (T/A J.M. Sanders Jewelry Company) C-2661 JONEL PAY PLAN, INC., ET AL

8999 JOSEPH RICHARD HORVATH (T/A Sew Rite) C-2667 JULIAN L. LEVINSON (T/A Associates Mortgage Company)

Page 250 836 1081 855

180 830

C-2631 KASSLER & CO.

8765 KENNECOTT COPPER CORPORATION (Interlocutory order) 8888 KOSCOT INTERPLANETARY, INC., ET AL (Interlocutory or

ders) .... C-2662 KUSTOM ENTERPRISES, INC., ET AL

19, 894

840

C-2673 LIBRARY MARKETING SERVICES, INC., ET AL

8778 LITTON INDUSTRIES, INC.

957 333

8984 MARK ENTERPRISES, INC., ET AL C-2624 MARTIN INDUSTRIES, INC., ET AL

8943 MARYLAND CARPET OUTLET, INCORPORATED, ET AL

8907 McCANN-ERICKSON, INC., ET AL C-2676 McCRORY CORPORATION, ET AL C-2634 MEN'S MARKET SERVICE, INC., ET AL

8926 MILTON BRADLEY COMPANY C-2648 MIRIAM MASCHEK, INC., ET AL C-2503 MOTA-NU, INC., ET AL (Interlocutory order)

1068

75 754

27 1109 217 953 536 74

C-2646 NATIONAL CREDIT EXCHANGE, ETC. (Robert N. Barnes

T/A) 8803 NATIONAL DYNAMICS CORPORATION, ET AL C-2671 NEW YOU, INC., ET AL, THE

520 391, 1052

931

C-2645 ORGANIC MASQUE CO., ET AL (Hugh Mooney T/A) .........

507

C-2657 PETER SCZERBINSKI (T/A Budget Service Company)
C-2620 PETROLANE, INC.

801

1

C-2640 REDMAN INDUSTRIES, INC., ET AL
C-2621 REGAL APPAREL, LTD.

8956 RELIABLE MORTGAGE CORPORATION, ET AL
C-2646 ROBERT N. BARNES (T/A National Credit Exchange, etc.)
C-2663 ROUSE COMPANY, THE
C-2664 ROY D. HANSEN (T/A Roy Hansen Mortgage Company)

309

4 21 519 848 866

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8997 SANFORD INDUSTRIES, INC., ET AL

1076 8999 SEW RITE (Joseph Richard Horvath T/A)

1081 C-2660 SIMS FURNITURE CO., ET AL (Wendelken-Simminger and Co., T/A)

831 8981 SIR CARPET, INC., ET AL

190 C-2642 SKYLINE CORPORATION

444 8998 SOUNDTRACK CHEVELL INDUSTRIES, INC., ET AL (Interlocutory orders)

405, 794, 895 8937 STEVEN RIZZI, ET AL (T/A Freight Liquidators)

274

C-2649 TAX CORPORATION OF AMERICA, (MARYLAND), ET AL
C-2666 TED P. SIMOPOULOS (T/A Ted Sims Real Estate)

8944 THEODORE STEPHEN COMPANY, INC., ET AL C-2628 TOWN FINANCE CORP., ET AL

512 874 152 138

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Page 8886 TYSONS CORNER REGIONAL SHOPPING CENTER, ET AL ..... 970

531 C-2647 UNI-SERVICE CREDIT CORP., ET AL 8795 UNITED FRUIT COMPANY, ET AL (see Harbor Banana Dis

7 tributors, Inc.)

524 8821 UNIVERSAL CREDIT ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION, ET AL

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870

C-2665 VALLEY ACCEPTANCE CORPORATION, ET AL
C-2656 VALLEY MORTGAGE SERVICE, ET AL (Bussy Enterprises,

Inc. T/A)
C-2629 VALLEY PREMIUM PLAN, ET AL

796
143

C-2633 W.M. BARR & COMPANY ......

8891 WARNER-LAMBERT COMPANY (Interlocutory order)

8850 WARNER-LAMBERT COMPANY (Interlocutory order) C-2638 WEAVER AIRLINE PERSONNEL SCHOOL, INC., ET AL C-2660 WENDELKEN-SIMMINGER AND CO., ET AL (T/A Sims Fur

niture Co.) 8426 ZENITH LABORATORIES, INC., ET AL. (Interlocutory order)

213 681 888 237

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION DECISIONS

Findings, Opinions and Orders

IN THE MATTER OF

PETROLANE, INC.

CONSENT ORDER, ETC., IN REGARD TO ALLEGED VIOLATION OF THE

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION ACT

Docket C-2620. Complaint, Jan. 2, 1975 - Decision, Jan. 2, 1975 Consent order requiring a Long Beach, Calif., distributor of liquid petroleum gas

(LP), among other things to notify customers prior to delivery of “increased price gas” that the price has increased; provide the customer with the applicable price schedule, and disclose that related information can be obtained from their district office.

Appearances

For the Commission: David A. Middaugh.
For the respondent: William E. Linsenbard, Long Beach, Calif.

COMPLAINT

The Federal Trade Commission, having reason to believe that Petrolane, Inc., a corporation (hereinafter respondent), has violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, and that a proceeding would be in the public interest, hereby issues its complaint:

PARAGRAPH 1. Respondent is a California corporation with its office located at P.O. Drawer 1410, 1600 E. Hill St., Long Beach, Calif.

PAR. 2. Respondent is a multinational company engaged in the business of, among other things, selling liquified petroleum gas (LP gas) in competition with other sellers of LP gas.

PAR. 3. Respondent ships, distributes and sells LP gas in interstate commerce to customers located in almost every state.

PAR. 4. Respondent sells LP gas to home owners and businesses, which use the gas for heating and other purposes. Such sales normally take place in the following manner. The customer and respondent contract that respondent will furnish the customer's LP gas needs. Respondent installs a storage tank and other related equipment on the customer's premises. Thereafter, respondent periodically makes deliveries of LP gas to the customer's storage tank. Respondent's deliveryman fills the tank and makes out the customer's bill, which states the number of gallons delivered and the total dollar amount charged. The bill is delivered to the customer, or, if the customer is not

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present, the bill is left at his premises. The customer may either pay his bill immediately or await receipt of a formal bill mailed by respondent.

PAR. 5. From time to time respondent raises the price per gallon of LP gas delivered to its customers. Respondent does not notify its customers of price increases prior to delivery of the LP gas subject to the increase. Respondent does not, simultaneously with delivery, give notice to customers that its price has increased. Respondent does not, subsequent to delivery of increased price gas, inform customers of the increase. The customer thus has no way to discover a price increase except by (1) dividing the number of gallons delivered into the total amount billed and comparing the resultant price per gallon with the price per gallon similarly computed from prior bills, or (2) going to respondent's district office where the prices are posted.

PAR. 6. Knowledge of a price increase may affect the customer's decision as to whether to continue purchasing LP gas from respondent.

PAR. 7. The above-described conduct injures respondent's customers and competitors. Customers pay increased prices under the belief that prices have not increased and are deprived of the opportunity to compare respondent's prices with those of respondent's competitors. Respondent's competitors are deprived of those of respondent's customers who may change their LP gas supplier because of respondent's higher prices.

PAR. 8. The above-described conduct constitutes an unfair or deceptive act or practice and an unfair method of competition in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

DECISION AND ORDER

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The Federal Trade Commission having initiated an investigation of certain acts and practices of the respondent named in the caption hereof, and the respondent having been furnished thereafter with a copy of a draft of complaint which the Seattle Regional Office proposed to present to the Commission for its consideration and which, if issued by the Commission, would charge respondent with violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act; and

The respondent and counsel for the Commission having thereafter executed an agreement containing a consent order, an admission by the respondent of all the jurisdictional facts set forth in the aforesaid draft of complaint, a statement that the signing of said agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by respondent that the law has been violated as alleged in such complaint, and waivers and other provisions as required by the Commission's rules; and

The Commission having thereafter considered the matter and having

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