Price gouging is defined as:
§17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, or the President by:
- Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price;
- Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity.
If you observe price gouging you can report it to the Attorney General of Texas office at the Consumer Protection Hotline (1-800-621-0508) and you may also file via email using the link below.
How to Spot and Report Price Gouging
File a Consumer Complaint