SC Rate Gouging Law Now in Impact

South Carolina (WCBD)– South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson revealed today that the state’s law versus rate gouging is now in impact since Gov. Henry McMaster stated a state of the emergency.

” With the possibility that Hurricane Irma might make landfall in South Carolina, our people have currently begun preparing. We can anticipate typical rate boosts, but we might see companies and people aiming to unjustly make the most of the scenario through cost gouging of food, gas, accommodations, and other products as specified by the statute. By our law, that’s a criminal infraction and an unreasonable trade practice,” Wilson stated.

The cost gouging law is a general restriction of unconscionable costs throughout times of catastrophe. It is the result for the next 15 days. Rate gougers can be charged for extreme prices, a misdemeanor offense punishable with a $1,000 fine and/or 30 days in prison.

If you seem like you are the victim of rate gouging there are specific actions that you can require helping our workplace examine. Please do the following:

1. Keep in mind the time, place, address, and name of the filling station.
2. Keep in mind the rate you paid.
3. Keep in mind any rates close by and get the very same details on those stations.
4. Take photos that determine the station, in addition to the cost.
5. Supply your name and contact details.

Our workplace will need that details to carry out a comprehensive examination.


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