Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Amazon of Price Gouging
A new class action lawsuit accuses Amazon of price gouging. The lawsuit claims that the retail giant charges excessive prices for many basic items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer etc. during the coronavirus pandemic.
The plaintiff is Stephanie Armas, a Florida resident. Allegedly she had to pay $99 for a 36-pack of toilet paper and $199 for a two-pack of 1 liter hand sanitizer bottles, prices which she says are “grossly unconscionable”. These amounts are more than ten times higher than usual prices for these items.
Armas argues that these Amazon’s prices are not only unreasonable but are also illegal under Florida law, considering the recently announced state of emergency. Under the state’s laws, retailers are not allowed to charge unconscionable prices for goods or services in the wake of a declared state of emergency.
The lawsuit is still in the early stages, but keep an eye out for developments if you purchased similar items recently at considerably higher prices.