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Attorney General Files Lawsuits over Alleged Price Gouging after Ice Storms

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon files six lawsuits over alleged price gouging in the aftermath of the January ice storms in Southwest Missouri. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports. (KSMU's Matt Petcoff contributed to this report.)

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon was in Springfield today to announce he's filed six lawsuits against several southwest Missouri businesses for alleged price gouging after the January ice storms.

Nixon says that his office received more than 400 complaints about possible price gouging in the storms' aftermath.

He says most businesses have cooperated. So far, he says two businesses have agreed to provide voluntary compliance in providing refunds to customers.

Nixon says he was surprised by the number of complaints his office received following the ice storms.

Nixon says there likely will be more suits as his office investigates more than 40 businesses, some of which have failed to comply with Nixon's requests for information.

Nixon says aggressively pursuing allegations of price gouging will discourage businesses from doing it in the future.

Nixon says there is some good news. So far, his office has had very few complaints about companies providing storm-cleanup services.