Texas Attorney General Sues Businesses for Alleged Hurricane Harvey Price-Gouging

At least three Texas businesses—including hotels and gas stations—are now facing lawsuits filed by the Texas Attorney General for allegedly hiking their prices in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable–those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a press release. “Texas has tough price-gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.” The businesses named in the suits include Robstown Enterprises Inc. (which was operating as Best Western Tropic Inn), Bains Brothers-owned Texaco gas stations, and a Chevron-branded Encinal Fuel Stop.