assembly Bill A2133

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Relates to price gouging

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Jan 06, 2016 referred to consumer affairs and protection
Jan 15, 2015 referred to consumer affairs and protection



A2133 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง396-r, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S3656
2017-2018: A334, S5440
2019-2020: A237, S803
2021-2022: A5850, S4565
2023-2024: S3079

A2133 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to price gouging; defines unconscionably excessive price for the purposes of prohibiting price gouging during abnormal disruption of the market.

A2133 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 15, 2015

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  BRAUNSTEIN  -- read once and referred to the
  Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to price gouging


  Section  1.  Section  396-r of the general business law, as amended by
chapter 510 of the laws of 1998, subdivision 4 as amended by chapter 224
of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  S 396-r. Price gouging. 1. Legislative findings and  declaration.  The
legislature  hereby  finds that during periods of abnormal disruption of
the market caused by strikes, power failures, severe shortages or  other
extraordinary  adverse  circumstances,  some parties within the chain of
distribution of consumer goods have taken unfair advantage of  consumers
by  charging  grossly  excessive prices for essential consumer goods and
  In order to prevent any party within the chain of distribution of  any
consumer goods from taking unfair advantage of consumers during abnormal
disruptions  of  the  market,  the  legislature declares that the public
interest requires that such conduct be prohibited and  made  subject  to
civil penalties.
  2. During any abnormal disruption of the market for consumer goods and
services  vital  and  necessary  for  the  health, safety and welfare of
consumers, no party within the chain of distribution  of  such  consumer
goods  or services or both shall sell or offer to sell any such goods or
services or both for an amount which represents an unconscionably exces-
sive  price.  For  purposes  of  this  section,  the  phrase   "abnormal
disruption  of  the market" shall mean any change in the market, whether
actual or imminently  threatened,  resulting  from  stress  of  weather,
convulsion  of  nature,  failure  or shortage of electric power or other
source of energy, strike, civil disorder, war, military action, national
or local emergency, or other cause of  an  abnormal  disruption  of  the

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.