- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the state’s price gouging laws are now in place.

The anti-gouging law kicks in any time the governor declares a state of emergency or state or preparedness. Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin declared a state of emergency Thursday and mobilized state resources as a winter storm threatens to dump up to a foot of snow on the state.

The state’s anti-gouging laws prohibit any person, business or contractor from inflating the price of a consumer item by more than 10 percent of what it sold for 10 days before a gubernatorial declaration. The law remains in place until the state of emergency or preparedness is lifted.

Consumers who believe they have been price gouged can file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division.

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