Texas AG files first 3 price gouging lawsuits | KDFW

According to a release from attorney general’s office, state law prohibits businesses from charging exorbitant amounts during a declared disaster.

The Bains Brothers, who own Texaco-branded gas station in Arlington, Carrollton and Richardson, were accused of charging the higher price even while displaying signs with prices in the $3-$4 range.

Additional lawsuits were filed against Encinal Fuel Stop, a Chevron-branded gas station just outside Laredo. It allegedly charged customers $8.99 and $9.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gas on the same day.

And in Robstown near Corpus Christi, the Best Western Plus Tropic Inn allegedly charged three times its normal room rate the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit. Best Western has since ended its relationship with the hotel’s owner, Robstown Enterprises.

“It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable  those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Paxton said. “Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.”

The three lawsuits are likely just the first of many as the attorney general’s office sorts through more than 3,000 consumer complaints related to Hurricane Harvey

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