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Wis. businesses sent cease & desist letters for alleged price-gouging

Posted: 3:44 PM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 16:46:16-04
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SE WISCONSIN — The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has sent cease & desist letters to several businesses in the state accused of price-gouging certain items.

DATCP sent the letters to 16 companies "suspected of raising prices unlawfully during this period of economic disruption."

“While it is not uncommon for prices to increase during times of high demand or low supply DATCP will be closely monitoring the marketplace to ensure Wisconsin consumers are being treated fairly,” said Lara Sutherlin, Administrator for the Division of Trade and Consumer Protection in a press release. “Consumers can report their concerns to DATCP’s Bureau of Consumer Protection for evaluation and follow up.”

Cease and desist letters were sent to the follow companies:

StoreLocationItem
Ace HardwareDelavanClorox Bleach/Toilet Paper
Asian International MarketMilwaukeeRice
Dollar TreeMarinetteToilet Paper
El Rey FoodmartMilwaukee (3)Rice, bleach, water, limes
MatrangasRacineBottled water
Pacific ProduceOak CreekRice
Restaurant DepotMilwaukeeToilet Paper, Cookies
WalgreensCudahy, WaukeshaToilet Paper, Lysol Spray
WalmartMilwaukee, RhinelanderToilet Paper, Milk
C&S SupermarketMilwaukeeRice
CermakMilwaukee (2)Pinto Beans, Watermelon
GraingerOnlineSurgical masks
Marketplace FoodsSt. Croix FallsToilet Paper
Menard'sWest Milwaukee, Burlington, OnlineHand cleaner, Lysol wipes, N95 Masks
N95Sales.comOnline/OshkoshN95 Masks
Point MarketStevens PointRice

To report suspected price-gouging, click here or email DATCPhotline@wisconsin.gov.

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