Consumers encouraged to report price gouging

As part of the State of Utah’s response to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, the Utah Division of Consumer Protection in the Utah Department of Commerce encourages citizens to report cases of excessive prices, commonly referred to as price gouging.

The “Price Controls During Emergencies Act” (Title 13, Chapter 41) provides for fines of $1,000 per violation, up to a maximum of $10,000 per day. “This past weekend, consumers started sending in complaints,” Division Director Daniel O’Bawnnon indicated.

The division encourages consumers who feel they have witnessed price gouging in the wake of COVID-19 to file complaints. You can find the complaint form on the division’s website, consumerprotection.utah.gov.