Attorney General James Sues Wholesaler for Price Gouging During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted to Applied Web NY on Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:19

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit against a wholesale grocery distributor for price gouging during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit charges the wholesaler, Quality King Distributors, Inc., and its CEO, Glenn Nussdorf, with illegally increasing the company’s wholesale prices to sell Lysol disinfectant products to neighborhood grocery and discount stores in New York. Between January 2020 and April 2020, Quality King increased the price of Lysol Disinfectant Spray from about $4.25 per 19-ounce can to as high as $9.15 per can, even though the company did not incur increased costs for the product. The stores purchasing Lysol products from Quality King then passed on those increased prices to their customers, forcing them to pay far higher prices for Lysol products than they did before the pandemic. Consumers were charged as much as $16.99 for one can of Lysol that was previously sold at a retail price range of $5 to $8. The lawsuit seeks restitution from Quality King for those consumers who were forced to pay unlawfully high prices for these essential products. The Attorney General’s Office learned of Quality King’s price gouging after receiving complaints from consumers about retail stores’ high prices.

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