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NC price-gouging law triggered by winter storm emergency

Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Feb. 14

North Carolina’s price-gouging law is in effect due to a state of emergency declared, as a winter storm is expected to bring snow and ice to much of the state, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

“Many businesses work to help their communities when bad weather strikes, but if you spot anyone using this storm to make an unfair profit off of consumers, let us know about it,” Cooper said.

Consumers can report potential price gouging to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within North Carolina or file a price-gouging complaint at

Price gouging — or charging too much in times of crisis — is against North Carolina law when a disaster, an emergency or an abnormal market disruption for critical goods and services is declared or proclaimed by the governor. The law also applies to all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the distributor to the retailer.

The state of emergency declared today applies to all of North Carolina and is in effect until rescinded.

Cooper has enforced North Carolina’s price gouging law (N.C. General Statute 75-38) in the past to win thousands of dollars in refunds for consumers and penalties from violators.

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