State drops price gouging charges against hotel owners
Published: December 3,2012
VICKSBURG — The Mississippi attorney general’s office has dropped charges against the owners of a Vicksburg hotel who had been accused of price gouging during a state of emergency.
Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, tells the Vicksburg Post there was not enough evidence to pursue the charges.
Devenora V. Patel and his son-in-law, Hemel Ramesh Surati, were accused of charging too much for rooms during a state of emergency declared in August because of Hurricane Isaac.
Hood had said Patel and Surati had charged more than their usual profit margin for hotel rooms. The men had denied the charges.
Mississippi’s price gouging law prevents a merchant from increasing the average profit margin on products until a state of emergency executive order is lifted.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- DAVID DALLAS — From Dan and Dixie with love
- BREAKING NEWS: Trustees offer new deal to Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones
- Law to bolster utilities’ economic development efforts gets mixed reactions
- Developers withdraw zoning application for former country club
- Lawmakers: Time to raze IHL
- Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame planning gets underway
- DAVID WILLIAMS: Smart traffic signals pave way for better driving in connected world
- Office occupancy edged up throughout Metro Jackson
- Supermarket incentives for distressed communities die in House