WVC 46 A- 6 J- 1
§46A-6J-1. Emergencies and natural disasters - Taking unfair
advantage of consumers.
The Legislature hereby finds that during emergencies and major
disasters, including, but not limited to, tornadoes, earthquakes,
fires, floods, storms or civil disturbances, some merchants have
taken unfair advantage of consumers by greatly increasing prices
for essential consumer goods or services. While the pricing of
consumer goods and services is generally best left to the
marketplace under ordinary conditions, when a declared state of
emergency results in abnormal disruptions of the market, the public
interest requires that excessive and unjustified increases in the
prices of essential consumer goods and services be prohibited. It
is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this article to
protect citizens from excessive and unjustified increases in the
prices charged during or shortly after a declared state of
emergency for goods and services that are vital and necessary for
the health, safety and welfare of consumers. Further, it is the
intent of the Legislature that this article be liberally construed
so that its beneficial purposes may be served.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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