The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection announced that it brought three more actions against retailers accused of price gouging. NYC alleged that the retailers repeatedly engaged in price gouging in violation of regulations issued pursuant to NYC's consumer protection law.
The cases, brought against two drugstores and a supermarket, seek penalties of more than $100,000.
The DCWP said that it is actively inspecting stores based on consumer complaints. The DCWP warned that retailers that are found to be overcharging consumers by ten percent or more for any personal or household good or service that is needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID-19 -- such as disinfectants, soap, cleaning products, diagnostic products and services, and medicines -- will be issued a violation. Since early March, the DCWP has issued more than 2,700 violations for price gouging.
NYC brought its first price gouging case in late March. In a statement, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "Taking advantage of New Yorkers in a crisis is unacceptable. Don't even think about price gouging in our city. We won't stand for it, and we will hold you fully accountable."
"Taking advantage of New Yorkers in a crisis is unacceptable. Don't even think about price gouging in our city. We won't stand for it, and we will hold you fully accountable." -- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio