State To Price-Gougers: Not Here, Not Now

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A gentle reminder to price-gougers: Price-gouging is against the law on consumer items and energy resources during the Sandy and post-Sandy emergency/cleanup.

“Residents across the state are dealing with hurricane-related power outages, property damage and other disruptions to normal living. They need to know they shouldn’t have to pay excessive prices for basic necessities,” Attorney General Jepsen said. “Anyone who suspects price gouging or profiteering, should report it to my Office or to the Department of Consumer Protection for investigation under Connecticut’s unfair trade practices laws.”

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s declaration on Oct. 27 of a civil preparedness emergency in Connecticut marked the beginning on the unlawful increase in prices. Jepsen says violators of unfair and deceptive trade practice are subject to fines.

If you suspect price-gouging, report it to Attorney.General@ct.gov or to the Department of Consumer Protection at dcp.foodandstandards@ct.gov.

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