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Cooper: North Carolina price gouging law in effect

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper reminded businesses and consumers Tuesday that North Carolina's price gouging law is in effect because a state of emergency has been declared due to the winter storm.

"Many businesses work to help their communities when bad weather strikes, but if you spot anyone using this storm to make an unfair profit off of consumers, let us know about it," Cooper said.

Price gouging, which means 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 applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

In the past, Cooper has enforced the price gouging law to win thousands of dollars in refunds for consumers and penalties from violators.

Consumers can report potential price gouging to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division by calling (877) 5-NO-SCAM within North Carolina or file a price gouging complaint by visiting www.ncdoj.gov.

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