Virginia's anti-price gouging protections have been triggered for Ian

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With the effects of Tropical Storm Ian heading to Virginia, Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, September 28. By doing so, that also triggered Virginia’s anti-price gouging statutes.

Virginia’s Anti-Price Gouging Act, a measure to protect consumers, prohibits charging “unconscionable prices” for “necessary goods and services” during the 30-day period following a declared state of emergency. Therefore, consumers should pay attention to prices until at least October 28.

Items that are deemed “necessary” include water, ice, food, generators, batteries, home repair materials and services, and tree removal services.

According to a statement from Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office, a simple way to test whether prices are unconscionable is to assess whether the post-disaster price grossly exceeds the price charged for the same or similar goods or services during the 10 days immediately prior to the disaster.

“Any violations of Virginia’s Anti-Price Gouging Act or exploitation of Virginians’ wallets will be thoroughly prosecuted through the Virginia Consumer Protection Act by my office. Bad actors will be held accountable,” said Miyares in the state on Thursday.

Most price gouging violations fall within the attorney general’s jurisdiction. The exception is issues related to gasoline and motor fuel, which are handled by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

You can file a complaint with the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section as follows:

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