Texas AG Files More Price Gouging Lawsuits

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WESLACO – The Texas Attorney General’s Office is seeking justice for the victims of price gouging during Hurricane Harvey.

Attorney General Ken Paxton filed more price gouging lawsuits on Monday.

The defendants are accused of charging excessive prices at the pump during the storm.

Texas law prohibits selling necessities like food, water or gas at excessive prices after a declaration of a state disaster.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for more than two dozen counties in the state.

The two newest defendants are Big Willy’s, which has locations near Dallas, and a Tejano Mart in Laredo.

Tejano Mart is accused of charging customers up to $9.99 per gallon of unleaded regular gasoline.

Paxton sent notices of violations to 127 retailers accused of price gouging at the pump in October.

The AG also issued out the following statement, which reads in part.

“Price gouging is illegal, unconscionable and completely opposite of the spirit of cooperation we saw just about everywhere else in our state, during and after the hurricane. 

My office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute more cases arising from Harvey.”

Price gouging carries civil penalties of up to $20,000 for each violation and a $250,000 for violations targeting people ages 65 and older.

If you believe you were the victim of price gouging, you’re encouraged to call the AG’s customer protection hotline at 800-621-0508.

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