Texas Sues Dallas Area Gas Station Operator over Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Allegations

Texas Sues Dallas Area Gas Station Operator over Hurricane Harvey Price Gouging Allegations

Consumer complaints about price gouging was making waves across social media channels following Hurricane Harvey. Now, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is holding some businesses accountable for their actions.

Paxton’s office filed lawsuits today against three companies — one of them a local gas station owner — alleging price gouging. His office received 3,321 complaint related to Harvey.

A statement from Paxton’s office said Bains Brothers, which appears to own Texaco-branded gas stations in Carrollton, Richardson and Arlington, charged $6.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gasoline at two of its stations on Aug. 31 — a week after Harvey made landfall on Texas coast. The signs at those stations still displayed prices in the $3 to $4 range while charging the higher price, according to the attorney general’s office. Continue reading →