Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Businesses For Alleged Price Gauging During Harvey

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His office received 3,321 complaint related to Harvey.

Three businesses in Texas are on the receiving end of a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Ken Paxton over price gouging during Hurricane Harvey.

These lawsuits come as almost 3,000 complaints of price gouging in Texas - and almost 500 complaints in Tarrant County - have been reported to the state, according to records from the Attorney General's office.

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Texas laws against price gauging prohibit charging "exorbitant" sums for necessities like food, drinking water, fuel and clothing during a declared disaster. The plaintiffs are Robstown Enterprises, Bains Brothers, and Encinal Fuel Stop, and they are each accused of charging double or triple for fuel or hotel rooms as they normally would.

"Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey", he added.

The lawsuits also seek to force the businesses to give up money that was "fraudulently taken" in price-gouging schemes, with repayment directed to consumers who can be identified. Best Western has terminated its relationship with Robstown Enterprises, the attorney general's office said.

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Bains Brothers, owners of Texaco-branded gas stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of their locations were allegedly charging $6.99 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas on August 31, while still displaying signs that advertised the price as being between $3.00 and $4.00 per gallon. "Unfortunately, also nearly immediately consumers began contacting the Texas attorney general with reports of excessive and exorbitant pricing".

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.

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