With the Governor declaring a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Harvey making landfall, Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages Louisiana consumers to be conscious of price gouging. Unfortunately, some people and businesses attempt to take advantage of consumers during and after natural disasters.
Price gouging is defined as the increase in prices or value for goods and services that are higher than the prices ordinarily charged for comparable goods and services at or immediately before the time of a state of emergency. Penalties include civil penalties, restitution to consumers, fines, and imprisonment.
Report suspected price gouging to your local law enforcement agency. For more information on price gouging or tips for victims of natural disasters, contact Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Consumer Protection Section at 800-351-4889.