Houston Auctioneer Sued for Allegedly Jacking Up Prices on 750,000 Face Masks

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Texas AG Sues Auctioneer for Alleged Price-Gouging of 750,000 Medical Masks

The Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, accused a Houston auctioneer of halting and price-gouging hand soaps, disinfectant wipes, and 750,000 high-quality face masks. All these items were being sought after by many consumers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Paxton filed a lawsuit Thursday saying that Auctions Unlimited in Houston had bids on N95 face masks going for up to $80 for a package of 16. According to a local news source, Amazon sold a set of 100 for $4.21 in January.

The lawsuit stated that Auction Unlimited owner, Tim Worstell, took advantage of the crisis by selling face masks, hand sanitizers and cleaning supplies at unreasonable prices. The auction listed the items as very essential in combating the spread of COVID-19.

The sale was, however, halted before consumers started purchasing the products.

Over the weeks, reports of price gouging had surged since when the new coronavirus started spreading across the US.