Attorney General Morrisey Issues Reminder of Price Gouging Laws during Winter Storm

Updated 1 year ago by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey  reminded West Virginians of the state’s price gouging laws, which took effect this afternoon with the governor’s issuance of a state of preparedness for all counties statewide.


The state’s price gouging laws specifically prohibit any person, business, or contractor from inflating the price of any consumer item 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 West Virginia’s governor. Price gouging laws remain in effect until the declaration is lifted or 30 days, whichever is longer, subject to limited exceptions.

“I encourage everyone to heed Gov. Tomblin’s advice and prepare for this week’s snowfall,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “West Virginians always come together in times of emergency and I expect businesses and residents alike to help – not take advantage – of one another.”

Items subject to the state’s price gouging law are food items, essential consumer items, emergency supplies and home heating oil.

Attorney General Morrisey said consumers who believe they have been charged prices that increased dramatically after the state of preparedness declaration can 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 the Eastern Panhandle field office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239. To file a report online, go to www.wvago.gov.
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