Amid Massive Snow Storm, Virginia’s Anti-Gouging Law Is In Place

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A woman reaches for bread on a half empty shelf at Food Lion ahead of a massive storm. (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman reaches for bread on a half empty shelf at Food Lion ahead of a massive storm. (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — With a state of emergency declared, Virginia’s anti-gouging statute is in place.

The 2004 law prohibits a supplier from charging “unconscionable prices” for goods and services deemed necessary 30 days after an emergency is declared. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared the state of emergency Tuesday ahead of the storm.

Covered under the statute are water, ice, food, generators, batteries, home repair materials and services and tree removal contracts. A violation entails a post-disaster price that “grossly” exceeds the price of an item or service during the 10 days before the declaration.

The attorney general’s office enforces the anti-gouging statute.

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