Section 8-22-15

Determination of cost to wholesaler, etc.

(a) In determining cost to the wholesaler and cost to the retailer, the court of jurisdiction shall receive and consider as bearing on the bona fides of such cost, evidence tending to show that any person complained against under this chapter purchased the motor fuel involved in the complaint, at a fictitious price, or upon terms, or in such a manner, or under such invoices, as to conceal the true costs, discounts or terms of purchase, and shall also receive and consider as bearing on the bona fides of such costs, evidence of the normal, customary and prevailing terms and discounts in connection with other sales of a similar nature in the market area.

(b) Where a cost survey pursuant to recognized statistical and cost accounting practices has been made for a market area in which a violation of this chapter is committed or charged, to determine and establish on the basis of actual existing conditions the lowest cost to wholesalers or the lowest cost to retailers within the said area, the said cost survey shall be deemed competent evidence in any action or proceeding under this chapter as tending to prove actual cost to the wholesaler or actual cost to the retailer complained against, but any party against whom any such cost survey may be introduced in evidence shall have the right to offer evidence tending to prove any inaccuracy of such cost survey or any state of facts which would impair its probative value.

(Acts 1984, No. 84-260, p. 433, §15.)