Source: NCDOJ Press Release
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced that his office had won a preliminary injunction against AI Towing Solutions, Inc. and its owner David Jewel Satterfield for price gouging and deceptive trade practices. The injunction means the Charlotte-based company is limited in how much they can charge for towing and booting, requires them to release impounded vehicles once owners pay half the lien amount, and restricts them from operating for the duration of the lawsuit, according to the press release.
“I’m pleased that the court has barred these defendants from taking advantage of any more consumers as we continue this lawsuit,” said Attorney General Josh Stein in the statement. “My office will hold accountable price gougers who harm North Carolinians during this crisis.”
The lawsuit alleges that the towing company was engaged in improper and predatory booting practices and that this even affected trucks that were delivering food, water, bleach and other supplies in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, they allegedly charged “exorbitant amounts” for release, resulting in a delay of critical supplies, according to the press release.
The state of emergency put into effect on March 10 by Governor Cooper enacted price gouging laws. According to the release, Stein and the NCDOJ will be reviewing complaints in order to protect consumers.
Read the full press release from the NCDOJ here.