10 More NJ Businesses Sued Over Alleged Sandy Price Gouging

The eight lawsuits are the first price gouging cases to be brought in New Jersey related to Sandy

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:31 PM EDT
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New Jersey has one of the nation's toughest price gouging laws and Gov. Christie is proving his administration isn't afraid to use it.  During a state of emergency New Jersey businesses are not allowed to raise prices by more than 10 percent.  Now, the state Attorney General is singling out one hotel group as the worst price gouging offender. Chris Glorioso reports.

New Jersey has one of the nation's toughest price gouging laws and Gov. Christie is proving his administration isn't afraid to use it. During a state of emergency New Jersey businesses are not allowed to raise prices by more than 10 percent. Now, the state Attorney General is singling out one hotel group as the worst price gouging offender. Chris Glorioso reports.

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New Jersey is suing another seven hotels and three gas stations suspected of price gouging during Sandy.

That brings to 18 the number accused of illegally overcharging and taking advantage of customers.

The attorney general's office says the hotels named in suits announced Wednesday are collectively accused of committing more than 1,000 instances of price gouging.

The state alleges the hotels charged more than $400 per night in some instances, and excessively increased rates by more than 200 percent.

The three gas stations include one that allegedly raised the price of regular gasoline by 80 cents to $4.50 per gallon. That was a 22 percent increase above pre-storm prices.

Violators face fines of up to $10,000 for the first offense.

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