Source: Press Release
Attorney General Josh Stein announced on May 5 that the NCDOJ had obtained a temporary restraining order against A1 Towing Solutions, Inc. The Charlotte-based towing business allegedly violated North Carolina’s price gouging laws and engaged in deceptive trade practices and unfair debt collection practices during the state of emergency, according to an NCDOJ press release.
Stein’s restraining order means the business will not be allowed to tow in the state until a court hearing.
“As North Carolinians were waiting on critical supplies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, these defendants were exploiting the situation for their own profit,” Stein said in the press release. “Any would-be price gouger should take note – my office will hold you accountable for harming people in this time of crisis.”
The towing company allegedly “improperly and predatorily booted or towed trucks that were delivering food, water, bleach, or needed medical supplies during this pandemic and in spite of the trucks’ drivers having the necessary permission of property owners to park their trucks on the property. After towing or booting the trucks, the defendants allegedly forced drivers to pay exorbitant amounts – up to $4,400.00 – for their release,” according to the press release.
Stein also claims that actions taken by the company resulted in the delay of critical supplies needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The price gouging law went into effect in early March when Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the full press release from Attorney General Josh Stein from the NCDOJ website.