Attorney General announces another round of alleged price gouging lawsuits

TRENTON – New Jersey’s Attorney General announced Wednesday the state filed six additional lawsuits against hotel operators and a gas station following allegations of price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced the third round of lawsuits filed against businesses accused of price gouging following the storm. The state has now filed 24 suits against companies accused of taking advantage of customers.

The new suits were filed against five hotel operators and one gas station.

“We allege that these hotel owners broke our price gouging law at a time when vulnerable consumers desperately needed the most basic necessities – shelter,” Chiesa said in a statement.

“There is no excuse, legally or morally, for businesses trying to gouge consumers in the aftermath of a widespread disaster and we are holding them accountable.”

The five hotels and one gas station named in the most recent round of lawsuits are: Hospitality Management of Parsippany, Amy Hotels in Egg Harbor Township, Barclay Hospitality Services’ Homewood Suites by Hilton in Princeton, Riya Hazlet Hotel in Hazlet, Infant King Management’s Howard Johnson Inn in Pleasantville and Ali Syed Gas Inc. in Hackensack.

Attorney General announces another round of alleged price gouging lawsuits