Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has filed two requests with Pennsylvania courts to require two businesses to turn over documents related to alleged price gouging. One of the two businesses, Jenkintown Pharmacy, is local. The announcement states that the Office of Attorney General took this step after both businesses failed to comply with subpoenas.
The investigation started after the state received tips alleging that Jenkintown Pharmacy and the other business were selling excessively priced PPE, such as disinfectants and face masks.
“Businesses cannot price gouge Pennsylvanians, full stop. Any seller, big or small, who is given the opportunity to comply with consumer law, and anyone who doesn’t, could have to face me in court,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “When millions are out of work and millions more are struggling to pay for basic necessities, price gouging consumers—and then trying to hide your actions when asked to stop—is unethical and illegal.”
Under the Price Gouging Act, a price increase of more than 20 percent during a declared state of emergency is considered price gouging.