FTC: Unocal duped California regulators over RFG patent

A longstanding battle between California fuel suppliers over reformulated gasoline formulas took a new twist last month when the Bush administration intervened with a move that may have significant legal ramifications.The Federal Trade Commission approved the filing of an administrative complaint against Unocal Corp. for allegedly committing fraud concerning the California Air Resources Board's efforts to develop its own RFG standards.Unocal responded to the FTC action by saying that "hard evidence" and "case law" will again vindicate the company."We are again taking this matter into a judicial setting where facts and the law are used, rather than what some wish the law should be in t...

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