RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced on Tuesday that Roy Cooper’s declaration of a statewide state of emergency due to severe weather has also activated the state’s price gouging law.
North Carolina’s law against price gouging, or charging too much in times of a crisis, goes into effect when the Governor or the legislature declares a state of emergency. The law prohibits any business from unreasonably raising the price of goods or services to profit from a state of emergency.
“I am praying for everyone’s safety during these storms,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “Please watch out for price gouging. If you see unfair prices, please report them to my office at //ncdoj.gov/pricegouging so we can investigate. I will do all I can to hold any bad actors accountable.”
Since 2018, North Carolina has brought 12 lawsuits against 29 defendants under the price gouging law. Those lawsuits resulted in 14 judgments or settlements totaling $1,080,000 against 25 defendants.