Over 5,000 price gouging complaints processed since Harvey

Over 5,000 price gouging complaints processed since Harvey

By: Wes Rapaport

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Representatives for the Office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton say the agency’s Consumer Protection Division has processed more than 5,000 complaints of potential price gouging following Hurricane Harvey.

People from the coastal bend to Dallas felt the financial effects of the storm, in the form of illegal price gouging. Now more than a year since Harvey hit Texas, lawmakers are reviewing the state’s price gouging laws.

It’s defined by Paxton’s office as “selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price; or demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine or another necessity.”

Two members of Paxton’s team provided state lawmakers with an update in a Senate State Affairs hearing Monday, saying their office has recovered more than $180,000 in restitution for affected customers.

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