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Federal Judge Rules Kentucky Can Sue Marathon Oil

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Kentucky has scored its first victory in its federal antitrust lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum Corporation. 

The Courier-Journal reports that Judge David Hale has denied most of the oil company's motion to dismiss the claims, meaning the case will move forward. 

The office of former Attorney General Jack Conway sued Marathon last May, saying Marathon violated federal laws by using supply agreements and deed restrictions on real estate to limit competition.

Conway argued that as a consequence, some Kentucky customers had to pay higher prices at the gas pump.

Marathon's lawyers responded by saying, in part, that Conway didn't have authority to recover damages under the Clayton Antitrust Act.

All but one of the claims brought by Kentucky will proceed.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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