Lawyer: Man Didn't Price Gouge after W.Va. Chemical Spill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Putnam County store owner's lawyer says his client didn't illegally raise water prices following a chemical spill.

Lawyer Tom Peyton says that Achraf Assi gave away water after the Jan. 9 spill left 300,000 people in nine counties without useable tap water.

Attorney General Patrick Morrissey filed an enforcement action on Friday in Putnam County Circuit Court against Assi's business, Hurricane-based Mid Valley Mart LLC. Morrisey alleges that Mid Valley Mart more than doubled prices for one-gallon water jugs at two Hurricane stores.

It's illegal in West Virginia to raise prices on essential products and services by more than 10 percent in a state of emergency.

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