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Price Gouging Weekly Round Up - July 6, 2021

Miami-Dade County Activates Price Gouging Hotline

Following the Surfside condo collapse, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office, in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Police Department, has announced a hotline for reporting instances of price gouging. The Florida price gouging law prohibits selling products at “an unconscionable price within the area for which the state of emergency is declared.” The Florida Governor declared a state of emergency in Miami-Dade County on June 24, 2021 due to the condo collapse.

Prices Surge Amid Heat Wave in Washington

Alongside record-setting temperatures in Washington, hotel prices are skyrocketing. Attorney General Ferguson is facing calls to investigate why some hotel rooms, generally priced at $80 per night, are being listed at $450. Many rooms cost over $1000 per night. As temperatures reach triple digits, $250 air conditioning units are being sold for over $2000. While no legal action has been taken in response, some websites and selling platforms are threatening to remove users who are engaged in price gouging. Washington is one of several states without a specific price gouging law, so the Attorney General is relying on a clause in the Washington Consumer Protections Act that prohibits “unfair and deceptive” business conduct. Last legislative session, the Attorney General proposed legislation to prohibit price gouging during a declared state of emergency.

Michigan Towing Companies are Facing Price Gouging Scrutiny

The Michigan Attorney General announced the office would investigate complaints of price gouging relating to towing fees after I-94 flooded. Business owners are reporting fees totaling $10,000, including base fees of $6,300, swimmers’ fees of over $2,000, and taxes. The Michigan Governor declared a state of emergency in Wayne County in response to “historic flooding” in the area. The flooding left many cars stranded on the interstate, caused power outages, and left many residents with flooded homes.

© 2021 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 187
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Christopher Ondeck Antitrust Litigator chair of  Proskauer Rose nationwide Antitrust Group
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Chris Ondeck is a partner in the Litigation Department and vice-chair of the Antitrust Group. He focuses his practice on representing clients in civil and criminal antitrust litigation, defending mergers and acquisitions before the U.S. antitrust agencies, defending companies involved in government investigations, and providing antitrust counseling.

Chris has handled antitrust matters for clients in a number of industries, including advertising, aerospace, alcoholic beverages, appliances, building materials, defense, medical devices, metals,...

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John Ingrassia, Antitrust Attorney, Telecommunications, Proskauer Law firm
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John Ingrassia is a special counsel and advises clients on a wide range of antitrust matters in various industries, including chemicals, pharmaceutical, medical devices, telecommunications, financial services, health care, and others. His practice includes a significant focus on the analysis of Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger notification requirements, the coordination and submission of Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, and the analysis and resolution of antitrust issues related to mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. John has extensive experience with the legal, practical,...

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