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Texas AG Files Suit Against 3 Businesses for High Prices in Storm’s Aftermath

A North Texas gas station chain is among the Texas businesses named in price-gouging lawsuits filed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, attorney general Ken Paxton’s office announced Tuesday.

One gas station was reported to have charged $6.99 for a gallon of regular gas, and another reportedly charged almost $10. A motel franchisee also attracted the AG’s attention.

“Robstown Enterprises, Inc., which operated the Best Western Plus Tropic Inn in Robstown, charged three times its normal room rate during the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit, authorities said. The news release said Best Western has since ended its relationship with the company,” according to KXAS -TV reporters Brian Roth and Wayne Carter.

Texas law prohibits businesses from charging exorbitant prices for drinking water, food, clothing and fuel during a declared disaster.

Read the KXAS article.