Attorneys General Address Pandemic-Related Price Gouging

  • District of Columbia AG Karl Racine sued convenience store Helen Mart, LLC for allegedly selling bleach at a 200% markup, compared to prices charged by other retailers, in violation of the District’s Natural Disaster Consumer Protection Act. The complaint seeks injunctive relief, civil penalties, and attorneys’ costs and fees.
  • North Carolina AG Josh Stein obtained a temporary restraining order against towing company A1 Towing Solutions, Inc. and its owner (collectively, “A1 Towing”) for allegedly booting or towing trucks delivering essential goods and forcing drivers to pay exorbitant fees for their release, among other predatory actions, in violation of North Carolina’s price gouging statute, Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and Debt Collection Act. The complaint against A1 Towing also seeks permanent injunctive relief, restitution, disgorgement, rescission, civil penalties, and attorneys’ costs.