The State of Texas has formally notified 127 gas stations of price gouging during Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Attorney General Paxton, said numerous violations involved gas stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – a virtually unaffected area.
“At the outset of Harvey, I made it clear that my office would not tolerate price gouging of vulnerable Texans by any individuals or businesses looking to profit from the hurricane,” Attorney General Paxton said, in a statement.
During the Harvey emergency, over 5,000 price-gouging complaints were filed, many including receipts as evidence.
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) prohibits anyone from taking advantage of a disaster declared by the governor and selling or leasing fuel or other necessities for excessive or exorbitant prices.
AG Paxton is giving business owners a chance to settle directly with his office, or face a lawsuit which include civil penalties of $20,000 per violation, consumer refunds and a court order preventing any future violation.