New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs cracks down on price gouging

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says the state's consumer affairs division has issued 514 "cease-and-desist" letters, as well as 89 subpoenas to businesses reported by consumers to have engaged in price gouging.

News 12 Staff

Apr 16, 2020, 11:45 AM

Updated 1,463 days ago

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Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says the state's consumer affairs division has issued 514 "cease-and-desist" letters, as well as 89 subpoenas to businesses reported by consumers to have engaged in price gouging or other consumer protection violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to the attorney general, the division has logged almost 3,000 complaints against around 1,800 business locations.
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Open cases include stores in New Jersey, companies outside the state accused of raising prices for New Jersey consumers, and online sellers located in state.
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Most of the complaints involve price increases on items such as surgical masks, disinfectants, hand sanitizers, food and bottled water.
The state’s price-gouging law took effect on March 9, and prohibits excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency, and for 30 days after its termination.

Price-gouging violations are punishable by civil penalties of up to $10,000 for the first violation and $20,000 for the second and subsequent violations.
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