Price-gouging rules in effect during winter storm

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia’s price-gouging laws are now in effect.

That means since the governor has declared a state of emergency,  it’s against the law to charge too much for storm-related goods and services. The law applies to all levels of the supply chain: from the manufacturer to the distributor to the store.

VA Attorney General Mark Herring
VA Attorney General Mark Herring

Attorney General Mark Herring’s office sent a news release that said in part, “Virginia’s history of action against businesses who violate these protections shows that we take complaints seriously, and I intend to responsibly investigate any claims of violations.”

To report price gouging, you can call the Consumer Protection Hotline or download a complaint form from the Attorney General’s website and submit it in-person, by mail, or by fax. Consumers are encouraged to keep any relevant documentation and submit copies with their complaint.

 In-Person/By Mail:    

 Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

Consumer Protection Section

900 East Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219

By Fax:           (804) 225-4378

By Phone:    (800) 552-9963, or (804) 786-2042

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