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Price gouging leads to legal trouble

Chris Caya WBFO News

Lawsuits have been filed against two Buffalo area contractors accused of price gouging during the November storm. In Buffalo Friday, NY State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman said, a third contractor has agreed to a settlement.

"We don't go after people just for acting in an emergency. We go after people for charging unconscionably high rates...There were a lot of folks clearing roofs and driveways for really modest sums. These guys were charging $2,000.00 or more to clear a roof of snow, not doing a very good job at that. Or $650.00, or more, to clear a driveway. So we're singling out the worst actors," Schneiderman said.

The AG's office is seeking restitution for people who were overcharged and also fines. He says other reports of price gouging continue to be investigated and more lawsuits are possible.