Price gouging law in effect due to Arthur, says AG Cooper
Release date: 7/2/2014
Raleigh: North Carolina’s strong price gouging law is now in effect along the coast because a state of emergency has been declared due to Arthur, Attorney General Roy Cooper notified businesses and consumers today.
“We’re warning price gougers not to use this crisis as an excuse to make an unfair profit off of consumers,” said Cooper.
Under a state of emergency declared today, the price gouging law is in effect in 26 coastal counties including: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Martin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington counties.
Price gouging—or charging too much in times of crisis—is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the Governor. The law also applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.
Cooper has enforced North Carolina’s price gouging law (NC General Statute 75-38) in the past to win thousands of dollars in refunds for consumers and penalties from violators.
“Most businesses pull together to help their community when severe weather threatens, but if you spot anyone using Arthur to try to justify ripping you off, let my office know about it,” Cooper said.
Consumers can report potential price gouging to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or by filling out a complaint form at www.ncdoj.gov.
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