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North Carolina’s Price Gouging Law is in Effect

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Contact: Nazneen Ahmed

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that North Carolina’s price gouging law is in effect after Gov. Roy Cooper yesterday declared a statewide state of emergency ahead of freezing weather this weekend. Please report potential price gouging by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint at

“As families across North Carolina prepare for below-freezing temperatures this weekend, please remember that North Carolina’s price gouging law is in effect,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “Scammers and businesses can’t use this opportunity to unnecessarily raise costs for North Carolinians. If you see price gouging, please report it to my office.”

In North Carolina, the price gouging statute goes into effect when the governor or the legislature declare a state of emergency. Sometimes, businesses and industries that are heavily affected by the incident that caused the state of emergency have a reasonable need to increase prices in order to resupply, but they should disclose these increases so people can make informed purchasing decisions. Businesses cannot unreasonably raise the price of goods or services to profit from a state of emergency.

Our Consumer Protection Division reviews price gouging complaints closely and Attorney General Stein is prepared to take action against any person or business engaging in price gouging.

Since 2018, Attorney General Stein has brought 11 lawsuits against 27 defendants under North Carolina’s price gouging statute. He has obtained 14 judgments or settlements totaling $1,080,000 against 25 defendants, including a $274,000 settlement that was the largest price gouging settlement in the department’s history.


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