Petrobras ordered to pay $400 mln to small refinery over fuel pricing
SAO PAULO Dec 3 (Reuters) - A judge in Brazil ordered state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras , to pay about 1 billion reais ($400 million) in damages to a Rio de Janeiro refinery for selling gasoline and other fuels below cost, according to a securities filing on Wednesday.
Refinaria de Petroleos de Manguinhos SA is one of the few independent refineries in a market dominated by Petrobras, which has been selling fuel at a loss for years because of a government policy aimed at curbing inflation.
The judge ruled that Petrobras should pay Manguinhos 936 million reais for losses between 2002 and 2008, plus adjustments for inflation, more recent damages and legal fees.
Petrobras said it would appeal the decision.
($1 = 2.55 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Brad Haynes; Additional reporting by Jeb Blount and Marta Nogueira)
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