TDCI cautions about price gouging after last week’s storms

TDCI-logoNASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) cautions consumers to be alert to potential price gouging following last week’s storms.

Unreasonable price increases after the federal government has declared an emergency are not permitted for necessities such as gasoline, food, ice generators, lodging and other essentials.
A state of emergency was declared on Dec. 23.

Penalties are up to $1,000 per violation. The Tennessee Attorney General, in conjunction with TDCI’s Division of Consumer Affairs, also can request that a court issue injunctions and order civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation. The state can also seek refunds for consumers.

Citizens who have a problem with a business can file a complaint at n.gov/consumer or call toll-free to (800) 342-8385. Consumer Affairs also has a price gouging online complaint form at tn.gov/consumer/PriceGougeCmplnt.shtml.