FleetCor Technologies Operating Company is the defendant in a proposed class action lawsuit filed by a small Wisconsin trucking company that alleges FleetCor “uniformly and fraudulently” failed to inform fuel card customers that the cost of its Fuelman Fleet Cards would outweigh any potential savings.
The lawsuit out of Georgia’s Northern District explains FleetCor’s Fuelman Fleet Card program ostensibly helps customers such as trucking companies save money on fuel purchases. According to the suit, the defendant promised savings of “up to $.10 per gallon” through its wholesale pricing program, with “no set-up, transaction, or annual fees.”
The plaintiff company alleges while it initially appeared to save money at the pump through FleetCor’s program, the defendant in 2016 “regularly charged [the company] more than the amount charged at the pump,” often by several dollars. The alleged over-charging went up again the following year, the case claims, with FleetCor supposedly charging the plaintiff an even higher rate on every fuel purchase.
According to the suit, the plaintiff came across an entry on its FleetCor bill for “Other Charges” dating back at least several months. These other charges included costs for an “optional report charge,” a “minimum program administration fee,” and a “clean advantage fee,” a stark departure from FleetCor’s promise of no additional fees, the plaintiff says.
After complaining, the plaintiff was able to get FleetCor to waive “some of the minimum program administration fee and all of the clean advantage fees,” the suit says, yet the company continued to significantly overcharge for every fuel purchase.
The lawsuit asks the court to return to the plaintiff the difference between FleetCor’s prices and the prices that proposed class members would have paid had they not signed up for the Fuelman Fleet Card program.