Businesses to reimburse victims of post-Sandy price gouging

The Atlantic hurricane season has arrived on top of memories of Sandy.
The Atlantic hurricane season has arrived on top of memories of Sandy. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 25, 2013

Eight businesses have agreed to reimburse 185 Hurricane Sandy victims for overcharging them for emergency services, the state Attorney General's Office said Tuesday.

The businesses include four hotels accused of raising room prices excessively as victims scrambled to find temporary housing. The others are gas stations sued for raising the price of fuel or merchandise when there was a high demand and long lines for gasoline.

The $282,844 in settlements are the first involving hotel operators sued for raising prices during the state of emergency declared in October by Gov. Christie.

The businesses all entered into agreements with the state but made no admission of liability.

The attorney general and Division of Consumer Affairs identified the hotels as Homewood Suites by Hilton on Route 1 in Princeton, Extended Stay America Princeton on Brunswick Pike, the Howard Johnson Inn on the Black Horse Pike in Pleasantville, and the A-1 Motel on the West White Horse Pike in Cologne.

Calls to the hotels for comment were not returned.


Contact Barbara Boyer at 856-779-3838, bboyer@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @BBBoyer.

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