HOW TO AVOID PRICE-GOUGING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

One of them is price-gouging of needed supplies and services, such as astronomical prices for toilet paper, hand sanitizer and bottled water. While Ohio doesn’t have a specific law covering overpricing during a crisis, such misbehavior falls under a general consumer-practices statute.

“Ohio law has a provision that prohibits sellers from charging a price substantially in excess of like items for sale,” explains Troy Doucet with Doucet Gerling Co. in Dublin, Ohio. Nevertheless, Doucet notes, Ohio’s attorney general is pushing for a stronger anti-gouging law.

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