Coronavirus gouging: Texas AG sues auctioneer for jacking up prices on 750,000 face masks

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The Texas attorney general is accusing an auctioneer of price-gouging disinfectant wipes, hand soaps, and 750,000 high-quality face masks
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Published on March 30, 2020 -  01:14
Price-Gouging Allegation Leaves 750,000 Face Masks in Limbo
Price-Gouging Allegation Leaves 750,000 Face Masks in Limbo The state of Texas sued a Houston auctioneer after halting an auction of 750,000 medical-grade and N95 face masks. The state accused the auctioneer of price gouging in the sale of the masks commonly used by health professionals. The lawsuit alleges that a recent auction held by Auctions Unlimited had bids on 16-packs of N95 respirator masks reaching as high as $180. Amazon sold a set of 100 for $4.21 in late January. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the auctions and civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation. Auctions Unlimited owner Tim Worstell denied price gouging, stating all bids start at $1 and final sales were to be approved by the Attorney General. The lawsuit comes as the latest accusation of price gouging over products in high-demand during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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