Prices for certain goods cannot be unreasonably raised during state of emergency

Prices for certain goods cannot be unreasonably raised during state of emergency
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - With the Governor declaring a public health emergency due to the coronavirus Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages Louisiana consumers to be conscious of price gouging.

“If consumers suspect price gouging, they should report it to their local law enforcement agencies,” said General Landry. “We do not want people or businesses to illegally take advantage of this crisis.”

Price gouging is defined as the increase in prices or value for goods and services that are higher than the prices ordinarily charged for comparable goods and services at or immediately before the time of a state of emergency.

It is important to note that price gouging is not attributable to verifiable market fluctuations and usually involves gasoline, hotels, and generators.

When reporting price gouging, consumers should include as much information as possible including: the name and address of the merchant, the price and receipt of the item or service, and their names, addresses, and phone numbers so they may be reached if further information is needed.

If price gouging is suspected, it should be reported to local law enforcement. For more information on price gouging, contact Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Section at 800-351-4889 or www.agjefflandry.com.

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