Have You Been Charged Higher Prices Due To Coronavirus Panic?
One tragic side effect of public health emergencies such as floods or pandemics is when unscrupulous retailers start jacking up the price of basic necessities to profit off the panic of consumers. In 2017, after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, prices as high as $99 for a case of water and $20 for a gallon of gas were reported. This price gouging is not only immoral, but in many states illegal.
Price gouging is illegal in California under California Penal Code 396. If you’ve been forced to pay higher prices for goods or services in the wake of Governor Newsom’s March 5th announcement of a State Of Emergency due to Coronavirus, you may be eligible for up to $5,000 in compensation for each violation.
California State Penal Code 396 says that it is “illegal for a person, contractor, business, or other entity to increase the price of a product or service item more than ten (10) percent for the following thirty (30) days after an Executive Order or State of Emergency has been declared – Under the law, it also unlawful to increase rental rates more than ten (10) percent for that 30-day period.”
If you believe you’ve been a victim of price gouging in California, Kazerouni Law Group is here to help. As experienced consumer attorneys who’ve represented both victims of devastating wildfires, as well as people taken advantage of by greedy corporations, we’re uniquely qualified to help you with your case. Our initial consultation is completely free, and you won’t pay a dime until we win or settle your case.