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Uber Agrees To Not Gouge Riders During Emergencies & Natural Disasters

One of the nice things about ride-sharing services like Uber is that the company can compete against taxi cabs by charging decent rates. But the fact that Uber rates are dynamic and can go up in times of high demand means the door could be open to gouging in situations where other transportation options are not available. [More]

These increased prices could lead to millions in penalties for the station owner.

NJ Sues Businesses For Price-Gouging After Hurricane Sandy

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many businesses in New Jersey and New York raised their prices in response to higher demand or weakened supply. But when those prices are jacked up so high that it’s disproportionate to the additional cost to the business, that’s gouging. Today, the state of New Jersey filed suit against eight businesses accused of crossing that line. [More]

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NY Attorney General Tells Retailers They Can’t Just Go Around Inflating Prices Post-Sandy

As hundreds of thousands of East Coast residents pull together to offer up goods and services to those devastated by Hurricane Sandy, there are still plenty of businesses and individuals who are willing to make a buck off someone else’s misfortune. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has launched an investigation into claims of price gouging to go after anyone hiking prices on essential items like food, water, gas, batteries, accommodations and more. [More]

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NYC Hotels Double Rates On Some Guests, But Is It Gouging?

All over Manhattan today, there are hotel guests who were supposed to have checked out but who are forced to stay at least one more night because their flights are canceled — and they couldn’t get to the airport anyway. Making matters worse, a lot of these people are paying higher room rates then they have been. [More]

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Gas Station Responds To Higher Gas Prices By Turning Off Pumps

A gas station owner in California says prices at the pump have gotten so high that people are no longer fueling up their vehicles at his location. So rather than try charging customers nearly $5 a gallon, he decided to lock up his pumps for the day. [More]

Families Displaced By Storm Accuse Hotels Of Gouging

Families Displaced By Storm Accuse Hotels Of Gouging

Over this past weekend, some crazy rains tore a path through a portion of the Mid-Atlantic, leaving entire areas without power or other utilities and forcing some residents to turn to hotels for shelter. But some people in New Jersey have accused local hotel operators of trying to cash in on area residents’ misfortune. [More]

People Of Nunavut Tired Of Paying $30 For Coffee, $65/lb. For Chicken

People Of Nunavut Tired Of Paying $30 For Coffee, $65/lb. For Chicken

Almost four years ago, we marveled at the ridiculously high grocery prices in Nunavut, the largest and northernmost Canadian territory. Now, after years of paying $35 for a bottle of V8, $28 for cabbage and a whopping $65/pound for “Best Value” brand chicken, the folks in Nunavut are fighting back. [More]

Elvis Costello Tells Fans Not To Buy His Pricey New Release

Elvis Costello Tells Fans Not To Buy His Pricey New Release

Singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is apparently so bitter at the pricing of his upcoming box set that he’s telling fans not to buy it and to spend their money on Louis Armstrong’s music instead. A post on his official site calls the price of The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook “either a misprint or satire.” [More]

Congressman Investigates Possible Drug Distributors' Price Gouging

Congressman Investigates Possible Drug Distributors' Price Gouging

Investigating allegations that several drug distributors are buying scarce drugs and reselling them at massive profit to hospitals, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has started an investigation. The congressman has requested documentation of what the distributors paid for the drugs and the amounts at which they’re reselling them. [More]

Mass. Court Rules It's OK For Town To Charge $320 To Appeal Parking Ticket

Mass. Court Rules It's OK For Town To Charge $320 To Appeal Parking Ticket

If you get a parking ticket in Northampton, Mass., don’t appeal it unless you want to bet $320, in addition to the cost of your ticket, that you’ll win. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the town’s appeals process is valid, ruling against a man who appealed two parking tickets and was forced to cough up about $320 in court fees. The original fine was $15. [More]

FDA Lets Pharmacies Compete Against Price Gouging Company Making Pregnancy Drug

FDA Lets Pharmacies Compete Against Price Gouging Company Making Pregnancy Drug

Reacting to a pharmaceutical company’s seemingly greedy ploy to jack up a premature birth-preventing drug from $10-$20 to $1,500 after the Food and Drug Administration granted it exclusive rights to produce the drug, the FDA shifted course and will allow specialty pharmacies into the market. [More]

Price Of Premature Birth-Preventing Drug Goes From $10 To $1,500 Per Dose

Price Of Premature Birth-Preventing Drug Goes From $10 To $1,500 Per Dose

After the Food and Drug Administration granted KV Pharmaceuticals sole rights to produce progesterone, a drug that prevents premature births in mothers, the company has begun charging $1,500 per dose of a drug that formerly cost $10. [More]

Social Media Campaigns Urge You To Avoid Getting Gas Today

Social Media Campaigns Urge You To Avoid Getting Gas Today

In an effort to prove that demand for gasoline isn’t quite as constant as oilmen would like to think, consumer advocates are taking to social media sites to get drivers to skip trips to the pump today. [More]

Gas Station Owner Says He's Not Gouging Customers

Gas Station Owner Says He's Not Gouging Customers

Gas prices keep rising at a ridiculous rate, but gas station owners aren’t to blame — take it from a gas station owner. [More]

Analyst Says NBC Universal-Comcast Union Will Make Cable
Prices Rise Faster

Analyst Says NBC Universal-Comcast Union Will Make Cable Prices Rise Faster

Now that NBC Universal and Comcast have sealed their civil union to become NBCUniversal — isn’t it adorable how she took his name? — it will presumably soon be time for subscribers to give the company its wedding gifts: Higher cable rates. [More]

Self-Insured Premiums Jump By 20%, Triggering Warning From White House

Self-Insured Premiums Jump By 20%, Triggering Warning From White House

About 10% of respondents in our informal poll yesterday about health insurance said they pay their own premiums, and according to a new poll from Kaiser Survey, three quarters of those people just faced a premium increase of 20% on average. The recent hikes have prompted the White House to say it will “sternly warn industry executives” today that insurers shouldn’t try to use the new health care law as an excuse to gouge customers, according to the New York Times. [More]

Beware Best Buy Computer Price Hikes

Beware Best Buy Computer Price Hikes

Donald says Best Buy is sticking it to uninformed customers by advertising computers at higher than regular prices and passing them off as great deals without quite calling them sales. [More]

Continental's Bereavement Fares Showed Us No Sympathy

Continental's Bereavement Fares Showed Us No Sympathy

Andy’s sister and her family suffered a relative’s death while traveling and had to stay for the funeral. Continental offered her a costly bereavement fare, telling her to take it or leave it, then hiked the price by $200 when she decided to check around and then buy the tickets. [More]