Attorney General Ken Paxton today filed lawsuits against three Texas businesses, accusing them of unlawful price gouging while consumers were in need of fuel, shelter and other essentials as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
“It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable – those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.”
Texas law prohibits vendors from charging exorbitant prices for necessities such as drinking water, food, clothing, and fuel during a declared disaster. The attorney general named the following defendants in Hurricane Harvey price gouging lawsuits:
A finding of price gouging carries civil penalties up to $20,000 for each violation and an additional amount of up to $250,000 for incidents calculated to acquire money from victims 65 or older. To date, the Consumer Protection Divison of the attorney general’s office has received 3,321 Hurricane Harvey price gouging complaints.
Texans in affected counties who believe they’ve been scammed or price gouged should call the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at (800) 621-0508, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or file a complaint online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint.
To view the Robstown Enterprises lawsuit, click here: http://bit.ly/2xZPf6j
To view the Bains Brothers lawsuit, click here: http://bit.ly/2eWqMHD
To view the Encinal Fuel Stop lawsuit, click here: http://bit.ly/2vUF3eE