TURNED OFF:!Ultimate bowsers have been shut down at Ballina Petroleums 11 petrol stations across the Northern Rivers. Picture:
TURNED OFF:!Ultimate bowsers have been shut down at Ballina Petroleums 11 petrol stations across the Northern Rivers. Picture:

Local law firm looking at BP class action

By Mary Mann mary.mann@northernstar.com.au A LOCAL legal firm is considering filing a class action against Ballina Petroleum, which has admitted selling substandard BP Ultimate fuel. Solicitors Sean Radburn and Robert Warren, of Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors, said the firm's investigations into the possibility a class action were the result of the large number of calls they had received from motorists inquiring about their rights in relation to the alleged sale of substandard high-octane fuel. Last week, Ballina Petroleum spokesman Santo Pennisi said he guessed the company had reaped an extra $150,000 over the past three years as a result of the false advertising. Since then, letters have flowed into The Northern Star from disgruntled readers who say they feel cheated. "If people have suffered damages as a result of the conduct by Ballina Petroleum, they are entitled to be compensated," Mr Radburn said. "We've had about 20 people contact us with inquiries in the past two days, and we're sure there are more out there. "We are encouraging people who have purchased Ultimate fuel from Ballina Petroleum bowsers, and who believe they have suffered loss or damages, to contact us and register for inclusion in a possible class action at a later date." Ultimate bowsers have been shut down at all Ballina Petroleum's 11 BP petrol stations across the Northern Rivers. BP Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission did not return The Northern Star's calls yesterday. To register for inclusion in a possible class action against Ballina Petroleum call Somerville Laundry Lomax Solicitors on 6621 2481.



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