Price Gouging: Defending Claims by State Attorneys General in the Age of COVID-19
Online via WebEx
Part of Blank Rome's Primers for Pandemic Litigation Webinar Series
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked hoarding and sharp price increases of essential consumer goods and personal protective equipment due to shortages and high demand. State attorneys general offices across the country are responding to waves of consumer complaints alleging price gouging, demanding documents and seeking investigations and prosecutions of suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers accused of charging excessive prices for much needed supplies. Penalties for price gouging are steep—but you are still permitted to earn a profit, right?
Please join Blank Rome litigators for this informative and helpful webinar as they discuss the mechanics of state anti-price gouging laws, recent examples of how these laws are enforced, and tactics and insider tips for businesses to minimize the risk of liability and maximize success, including:
- How businesses can be careful to avoid price increase thresholds that may lead to an automatic finding of prima facie price gouging.
- A review of available strategies, defenses and options if your company is accused of price gouging or served with a subpoena demanding documentation.
- The implications and impact of anti-price gouging laws on all points of the chain of distribution from manufacturers to wholesalers to consumer-facing sellers.
- Jonathan Scott Goldman, Partner and Chair, State Attorneys General Team
- Christopher A. Lewis, Partner, Business Litigation Practice Group
- Nicole B. Metral, Associate, Business Litigation Practice Group
Please contact Meredith Spilker.