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Attorney General Nessel issues four cease-and-desist letters to online sellers for price gouging

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 07:45:34-04

LANSING, Mich. — Tuesday afternoon, the office of Attorney General (AG) Dana Nessel released a note saying they has previously sent out four Cease and Desist Letters to online sellers for price-gouging.

The online users were selling two-packs of hand sanitizer for as much as $89, a ten-pack of N-95 masks for as much as $59.95, and a six-pack of 32 oz. disinfectant spray for $119

The four online sellers conducting business through Amazon were told to stop taking advantage of consumers by AG Nessel after her office found credible reports of price-gouging in violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA).

The Attorney General’s office on Monday sent cease and desist letters to the Amazon storefronts operating under the usernames: Dealz N-KY, Happy Small Hands, HotDealz73, and ZXL Distribution Group.

“As we continue to work through this COVID-19 pandemic together, my office will keep protecting consumers from price-gougers – and that includes online retailers,” Nessel said. “This public health emergency is not an excuse for businesses to take advantage of people and profit from fear, and those who try will be held accountable.”

The sellers have 10 days to respond to the Attorney General’s office, otherwise additional action could include the launch of a formal investigation through court subpoenas. The sellers could also agree to an assurance of voluntary compliance.

If you see a business or online seller who you think is engaging in price gauging, consumers can file a complaint online or by calling the Consumer Protection tip line, 877-765-8388. Hours of operation are between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.