AG's office reminds of price gouging laws during State of Emergency

By Chris Dickerson | Jun 28, 2016

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is reminding residents of price gouging laws, which took effect June 23 with the governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency in 44 counties.

The state’s price gouging laws specifically prohibit any person, business or contractor from inflating the price of select consumer items by more than 10 percent of what it sold for 10 days prior to the declaration.

The law takes effect during any state of emergency or state of preparedness, as issued by the governor. Price gouging laws remain in effect until the declaration is lifted or 30 days, whichever is longer, subject to limited exceptions.

“Reports indicate that portions of the affected area have been rendered inaccessible,” Morrisey said in a statement. “West Virginians always come together in times of emergency and I expect businesses and residents alike to help – not take advantage – of one another.”

Morrisey said he urges any consumer who believes he or she may have been charged prices that increased dramatically after the state of emergency declaration to file a complaint with his office. Those with a receipt should attach a copy to their complaint.

If you have a question about price gouging laws or believe you have a complaint, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 or file a report online at

The State of Emergency covers all counties except the state's Northern and Eastern panhandles.

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