Michigan AG sends cease and desist letter to Menards for price gouging during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a cease and desist letter to Menards on Tuesday, saying that the business has been price gouging supplies.

Nessel’s office has received 18 complaints that the company has raised the prices on face masks, bleach and other products that people are buying because of coronavirus fears.

“Big box stores are not immune to the Michigan Consumer Protection Act or the Governor’s Executive Order,” Nessel said.

“Large corporations must also play by the rules, and my office will work diligently to ensure this state’s consumers are treated fairly and not abused by businesses seeking to unlawfully jack prices up to line their pockets with profits at the expense of the public during this time of great need.”

Menards will have 10 days to respond to the letter or the Attorney General’s office will further investigate the matter and potentially take legal action.

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