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Texas Attorney General Settles With Hurricane Price Gougers

July 06, 2018 - 6:33 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The latest batch of gas stations caught price gouging during Hurricane Harvey have agreed to pay fines totaling more than $166,000.

The Texas Attorney General’s office says it’s reached a settlement with 48 gas stations that have agreed not to price gouge in the future.

“All of these cases involve consumer complaints against gas stations that charge $3.99 or higher for one gallon of unleaded gasoline or diesel,” according to Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Spokesman Marc Rylander.

The businesses that agreed to these Assurances of Voluntary Compliance (AVCs) operate gas stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Rylander says each station owner agreed that they would not increase their prices by more than 25 percent during a disaster unless it was in response to actual increases in their fuel costs.

“The law authorizes the Attorney General to file price gouging lawsuits and seek refund of money unlawfully taken from customers” said Rylander.