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South Jersey hotel settles Sandy price gouging case


NEWARK (AP) — A hotel in south Jersey has agreed to pay nearly $65,000 to settle allegations of price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

A pile of debris from Superstorm Sandy sits in front of a damaged home on in Beach Haven
A pile of debris from Superstorm Sandy sits in front of a damaged home on in Beach Haven (Mario Tama, Getty Images)

Amy Hotels did business as Econo Lodge in Egg Harbor Township.

State officials claimed the company raised its room rates by as much as 150 percent to $199.99 per night after Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in advance of Sandy making landfall. The rooms cost $79.99 per night before the declaration.

New Jersey’s price gouging law prohibits excessive price increases during a declared state of emergency for merchandise used as a direct result of an emergency or used to protect the life, health, safety or comfort of persons or their property.

Nearly $25,000 from the settlement will be for consumer restitution.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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