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8 New Jersey Businesses Settle Sandy Price Gouging Dispute

Superstorm Sandy aftermath. (credit: Doug Mills/Getty Images)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Eight New Jersey businesses accused of price gouging following Superstorm Sandy have reached settlements with the state.

Consumer Affairs officials announced Tuesday that four hotel operators, three gas stations and a hardware store will pay more than $280,000 in settlements. Some of the money will be used to reimburse 185 consumers.

Two Princeton hotels, one in Pleasantville and another in Cologne will pay consumers plus civil penalties, attorney’s fees and investigative costs. Similar agreements were reached with gas stations in Lyndhurst, Paterson and Newark.

Officials say the hotels and the gas stations jacked up prices following the storm. The businesses admitted no liability.

Two other gas stations agreed to pay a combined $46,000 in April to settle claims they gouged consumers following Sandy.

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