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48 Texas Gas Stations to Pay Over $166K For Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

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Four dozen gas stations throughout Texas have now been ordered to refund customers $166,592, “who were charged exorbitant or excessive prices for gasoline” during 2017’s Hurricane Harvey disaster and aftermath. According to a statement from the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton, many of those stations are situated in North Texas. Accused of price gouging during this time, the stations are alleged to have sold gas or diesel at $3.99 per gallon or higher, following the declaration of a state of disaster by the governor. In such instances, it activates “a provision of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act that makes price gouging illegal.”

The stations identified include 13 in Dallas and 12 in Fort Worth, followed by four in Garland, two more in Richardson, and two in Haltom City. After that, stations in North Richland Hills, Lancaster, Addison, Denton, Irving, and Grand Prairie were identified. Ordered to pay the most, the Old Towne General Store off West Avenue D in Garland is required to refund $14,870, while Bob’s Exxon station in Dallas’ 2100 block of West Northwest Highway is the second highest refund amount at $12,000. In some instances, the investigation identified that stations were charging upwards of $8.99 for a gallon of gas.

48 Texas Gas Stations to Pay Over $166K For Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging

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“At the outset of Harvey, I made it clear that my office would not tolerate price gouging of Texans by anyone looking to profit from the hurricane,” Paxton said. “The response to Hurricane Harvey showed the incredible generosity of Texans. These settlements should teach the few who take advantage of their fellow residents to follow the law in the future.” The full list of stores ordered to make refunds is available at the link provided here. Those victims of gas and diesel price gouging during Hurricane Harvey can find a copy of the claim form for completion at the link provided here until September 10. Payouts are anticipated to be made by December 31, based on a case-by-case review and estimate.