NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


September 13, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

ATTORNEY GENERAL CURRAN AND GOVERNOR WARN AGAINST GASOLINE PRICE-GOUGING

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that he and Governor Glendening have been closely monitoring gasoline prices in the wake of the recent terrorism attack on the United States. Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., warned gasoline retailers throughout the state not to play upon the fears and anxieties of Marylanders in light of the national tragedies, by unfairly and exorbitantly raising gasoline prices.

"Fortunately," the Attorney General noted, "Maryland has not seen the $4 and $5 a gallon prices seen in certain mid-western states." But he warned that he would investigate and pursue any instances of price gouging or other unfair trade practices.

"Overcharging for gasoline that retailers have already paid for is a shameful attempt to make an immoral profit from a national crisis," Curran said.

Consumers may report instances of price gouging to the Consumer Protection Division Hotline (410) 528-8662.

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