Three Texas Businesses Face Price Gouging Lawsuit

Three Texas Businesses Face Price Gouging Lawsuit

Three Texas Businesses Face Price Gouging Lawsuit

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing three Texas companies he believes were involved in price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

These lawsuits come as almost 3,000 complaints of price gouging in Texas - and almost 500 complaints in Tarrant County - have been reported to the state, according to records from the Attorney General's office.

The hotel allegedly charged three times its normal rate during Harvey, and two gas stations allegedly charged customers almost seven and even up to 10 dollars a gallon for regular unleaded gas. Just outside Laredo, a Chevron-branded station owned by Encinal Fuel Stop charged as much as $9.99 for a gallon of regular.

"In some cases, the clerk refused to give customers receipts of their purchases made at the pump", the lawsuit said.

One North Texan tells CBS11 she paid $85 for 12 gallons of gas during post-Harvey price gauging.

The owner of the station didn't want to comment. "Manny" later returned the call and immediately hung up after saying "it's not our problem".

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Coming up on KGNS News Evening Edition, we speak to a representative from the attorney's general office on this case. "Our branded fuel supply agreements require that independent station owners comply with all laws".

The release said those found to be price gouging can face civil penalties of up to $20,000 for each violation.

Encinal Fuel Stop, a Chevron-branded gas station just outside Laredo, allegedly charged customers $8.99 and $9.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gas on August 31.

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 Robstown Enterprises, Paxton said.

As of Tuesday morning, the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office has received 3,321 Hurricane Harvey price gouging complaints.

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