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Nessel Vows Consequences For Price Gouging During Coronavirus Outbreak

Mar 16, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel
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Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office will guard against profiteers who use the coronavirus outbreak to gouge consumers on the costs of health and hygiene supplies.  We have more from Rick Pluta.


Nessel says businesses that mark up by more than 20 percent prices on face masks, toilet paper, and other consumer items in short supply will need to explain why or face penalties.  The penalties could include up to $300 and 90 days in jail for each violation.

“Businesses will not and cannot use this state of emergency as a business opportunity.  That is the long and the short of it.”

Nessel says the same is also true for bars and restaurants that ignore new limits on how many people they can have on their premises.  She says establishments that serve beer, wine, and spirits could face the loss of their liquor licenses if they don’t comply with crowd limits.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org