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AG Cooper: Price gouging law in effect

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Attorney General Roy Cooper says North Carolina’s strong price gouging law is in effect because a state of emergency has been declared due to the winter storm.

“It’s wrong to use a crisis as an excuse to make an unfair buck,” said Cooper. “Most businesses pull together to help their community when bad weather hits, but if someone is using this storm to try to rip you off, we want to know about it.”

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.

The state of emergency applies to all of North Carolina and is in effect until rescinded by the governor.

  Report possible price gouging to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or file a price gouging complaint at www.ncdoj.gov.


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