Price Gouging Law
The sale of propane gas during this extreme winter has caused Governor Robert Bentley to declare a state of emergency. And with that declaration comes a warning. The Attorney General’s office warns people to beware of price gouging. Officials with the Attorney General’s office says a price for propane that is 25 percent or more above the average price charged in the same area within the last 30 days, unless the increase can be attributed to a reasonable cost, is a prima facie case of unconscionable pricing. Those convicted of gouging can be fined up to $1,000 per violation and could lose their ability to do business in Alabama.