Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Post-Katrina price-gouging lawsuit

"The state attorney general has filed suit against a Tangipahoa Parish campground for alleged price gouging after Hurricane Katrina. The suit says the owner raised monthly rates from $350 to $900 as the campground filled up with evacuees. Attorney Gen. Charles Foti's suit is his agency's first price-gouging litigation since Katrina struck Louisiana on Aug. 29. The suit says the Natalbany Creek Campground in Amite hiked prices two weeks after the storm hit, while the area remained under Gov. Kathleen Blanco's declaration of emergency. The suit says the campground's manager called police to evict customers -- evacuees who had fled Jefferson Parish and other flooded areas -- who did not pay the new rates. The suit identifies the campground's owner as M. Lamarr Clemons of Amite. Clemons' lawyer, Shelby Easterly, declined to comment, saying he hadn't finished reading the suit."

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