The Norman Transcript

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May 25, 2013

Report price gouging

NORMAN — A report on a national news website claims a store was reported for selling a case of water for $40. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office is investigating.

That report may serve as a warning to others about the state law that was passed in hopes of keeping storm survivors from being victimized twice. The law was passed in 1999 after the May 3 tornado. It says prices cannot increase more than 10 percent on commodities and services that would be in high demand following such disasters.

The law includes such necessities as work gloves, water, generators, hotel rooms, apartments, storage units and rental cars.

It lasts for 30 days for those goods and goes to six months for construction services.

Mr. Pruitt encourages consumers to report alleged violators of the Emergency Price Stabilization Act or other storm scams to his office at 521-2029.

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