NJ sues 10 businesses suspected of price gouging

Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is suing another seven hotels and three gas stations suspected of price gouging during Superstorm Sandy.

That brings to 18 the number accused of illegally overcharging and taking advantage of customers.

The attorney general's office says the hotels named in suits announced Wednesday are collectively accused of committing more than 1,000 instances of price gouging. The state alleges the hotels charged more than $400 per night in some instances, and excessively increased rates by more than 200 percent.

The three gas stations include one that allegedly raised the price of regular gasoline by 80 cents to $4.50 per gallon. That was a 22 percent increase above pre-storm prices.

Violators face fines of up to $10,000 for the first offense.

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