October 17, 2018
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein filed two separate price gouging lawsuits today. Both involve tree removal in the Wilmington area after Hurricane Florence.
The first suit alleges Kentucky-based Action Tree Pros and Premier Landscaping and Lawn Care charged excessive prices for tree removal services, including $29,500 to remove one tree.
The other accuses Scotts Tree Service of charging an excessive amount, adding inflated prices to a previously signed statement of work, and sending a falsified estimate to a debt collection agency.
“Each of these cases is a perfect example of why we have a price gouging statute in North Carolina,” said AG Stein. “These out-of-state operators inflate their prices to take advantage of people’s vulnerability as they try to cope with the effects of Hurricane Florence. It’s heartless, illegal, and my office will not allow it.”