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Ohio probes price gouging during Toledo water ban

TOLEDO, Ohio – Ohio investigators are looking into nearly 60 complaints about price gouging during the water emergency in Toledo that left 400,000 people without clean tap water.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said his office has sent letters to 58 businesses about bottled water prices before, during and after the water emergency that happened just more than a week ago.

DeWine said Ohio doesn’t have a law that defines price gouging, but he said some businesses still could face legal trouble if they can’t substantiate any price increases. State law does ban unconscionable sales practices.

Residents around Toledo were left scrambling for water for more than two days after tests showed the city’s water supply was contaminated with a toxin likely coming from algae on Lake Erie.