Price gouging laws are now being applied to supply chains. Even though these laws typically focus solely or primarily on the point of sale to consumers for an emergency of short duration, the length of the current emergency is shifting the scrutiny of enforcers to the supply chain. This enforcement is uncharted territory for most supply chain participants, and they will need to understand and manage these new requirements.
Price gouging laws in most states limit price increases for food, medical products, and services, and other covered essential products and services, during an emergency such as the Covid-19 pandemic. These laws vary from state to state in how they are written, how and what they cover, and how they are being applied by state attorneys general.
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