STORY FROM: COVID-19 Litigation Report

State of Alaska Accuses Online Respirator Seller of Price-Gouging

ANCHORAGE, Ala. — The State of Alaska has accused an online seller of engaging in a price gouging scheme to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he purchased thousands of respirators from retail stores and resold them on Amazon and eBay at grossly inflated prices.

In an April 1 complaint filed in the Alaska Superior Court at Anchorage, the state says the seller, Juan Aune, “created a shortage of respirators in local stores, which harmed local consumers and businesses,” and also harmed purchasers who paid unconscionable prices in order to obtain respirators from his online store, Spazzylab.

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