Governor Kate Brown has declared an abnormal market disruption. This is as a result of the severe winter weather emergency in nine U.S. counties. The Executive Order is 21-03.
Governor Brown Takes Action Against Abusive Practices
In fact, this order is in response to distributing reports of unusual increases in lodging rates for Oregonians. They have sought fleeting stays until the power can be restored at their homes.
Unacceptable and Disgusting to Price Gouge During an Emergency of Epic Proportions
“Oregonians have been without power for days. This is during this time that it’s absolutely horrific to price gouge. Especially those who are looking for a warm and safe place to stay. That is until the power is back on in their home,” Brown pointedly said. There will be an investigation of these instances. Therefore, the necessary action will be taken if businesses are found in violation is what this order does. It empowers the Attorney General and the Oregon Department of Justice.”
“We want to thank Oregon’s lodging businesses. In fact, they have been providing the pertinent warmth and shelter to families without power to the President’s Day weekend storm. It hit much of the state,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum said. We want to send a clear message to businesses. Price gouging is illegal. You cannot raise the price of lodging or any other goods or services which is due to the increased demand from this storm. Please contact our Consumer Protection Hotline right away if anyone feels they have been a victim of this horrendous act of price gouging.”
Consumer Protection Hotline to Report Price Gouging
In fact, if Oregonians believe they have been subjected to excessive prices for lodging or essential consumer goods and services. This would be due to this storm/weather disruption can report these instances to the Oregon Department of Justice through the agency’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 877-877-9392.
For more information, Oregonians can also visit www.OregonConsumer.gov. Moreover, the Oregon Department of Justice has the authority to investigate unlawful trade practices.