Jacking up prices for essentials during a state of emergency is illegal, California Atty.
“Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on housing, gas, food and other essential supplies.”
California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10%, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency.
Becerra asked anyone who believes they’ve been a victim of price gouging to file a complaint through his website or by calling (800) 952-5225 or contacting local law enforcement.
“For any in the community who would give in to the temptation to benefit from others’ misfortune, we will take price gouging very seriously and will act to ensure it is not profitable,” Ventura County Dist.