Eight Businesses To Pay $282K In Sandy Price-Gouging Settlement - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Eight Businesses To Pay $282K In Sandy Price-Gouging Settlement

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NEWARK, Del. -

Eight businesses that have allegedly price-gouged during Superstorm Sandy have agreed to pay $282,844.72 to 185 people.

Four hotel operators, three gas stations, and one hardware store made the settlement with the Office of the Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs.

"The immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy left many New Jerseyans in a state of chaos and turmoil, which was only made worse when companies illegally gouged them for essential items such as shelter and fuel," says Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman. "We are here to protect the most vulnerable. We simply will not allow businesses to victimize vulnerable residents, who already are suffering hardships during a declared state of emergency."

As part of the settlement, the business did not have to admit liability, but they agreed to not excessively mark up prices in the future.

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