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.