What the Biden Administration Can Do if Hurricane Ian Causes Price Gouging

Duncan Levin of Levin & Associates Featured in Newsweek

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“It’s unlikely that a hurricane is going to bring any kind of massive price gouging, so it will be limited to certain localities,” Duncan Levin, a former federal prosecutor turned defense lawyer, told Newsweek in an interview.

Levin said that he expects any price gouging to be handled at the state level and that the federal government will only get involved if the issue becomes widespread.

Levin said that price gouging has historically been an issue during natural disasters and during the COVID pandemic when personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and other necessities became more difficult to find. In response, the Department of Justice (DOJ) in March 2020 formed a task force and directed U.S. attorneys to pursue “bad actors” who hoarded “vital medical items.”

As Hurricane Ian prepares to make landfall with Florida, Levin said the announcement from state and federal authorities that action will be taken on price gouging should be a deterrent.


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