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3 businesses settle Sandy price gouging claims

Local News | May 13, 2014

3 businesses settle Sandy price gouging claims

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State officials say settlements have been reached with two New Jersey hotels and a gas station accused of price gouging following Superstorm Sandy.

Consumer Affairs officials say the state will get $89,845 in penalties, fees and consumer restitution under the settlements announced Monday.

Officials say one of the hotels raised its rates by as much as 283 percent above the prices it charged before the storm, while the other raised its rates by as much as 117 percent.

The gas station charged as much as $4.79 for credit card sales of regular gasoline — an increase of 26.3 percent above its price before the storm. It also allegedly charged as much as $5.09 for credit card sales of premium gasoline — an increase of 34.2 percent.

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