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Price-Gouging Allegation Leaves 750,000 Face Masks in Limbo

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Price-Gouging Allegation Leaves 750,000 Face Masks in Limbo

Price-Gouging Allegation Leaves 750,000 Face Masks in Limbo

Price-Gouging Allegation Leaves 750,000 Face Masks in Limbo The state of Texas sued a Houston auctioneer after halting an auction of 750,000 medical-grade and N95 face masks.

The state accused the auctioneer of price gouging in the sale of the masks commonly used by health professionals.

The lawsuit alleges that a recent auction held by Auctions Unlimited had bids on 16-packs of N95 respirator masks reaching as high as $180.

Amazon sold a set of 100 for $4.21 in late January.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the auctions and civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

Auctions Unlimited owner Tim Worstell denied price gouging, stating all bids start at $1 and final sales were to be approved by the Attorney General.

The lawsuit comes as the latest accusation of price gouging over products in high-demand during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


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