New Jersey hotel settles Sandy price gouging claim

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Updated: 6/30 4:07 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State authorities said Monday that a northern New Jersey hotel will pay more than $100,000, to resolve claims that the business gouged dozens of its customers following Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman announced the $110,000 settlement with the Comfort Suites hotel on Monday.

Authorities have said the hotel engaged in 473 instances of unlawful price gouging. In some instances, they say guests were charged as much as $100 more than they would have been allowed under state law, which defines excessive price increases as more than 10 percent above normal rates.

The state has now resolved 22 of the 27 lawsuits it filed against businesses accused of price gouging during the state of emergency following Sandy, which hit the state in October 2012.

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