Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday asked a state court to order an egg farm and its distributer to comply with an investigation into price gouging.
Becerra believes California Farms LLC and its South Dakota parent company may have charged excessive prices during a state of emergency for the pandemic. The companies failed to respond to the AG’s subpoenas.
“We have reason to suspect that these egg distributing companies have violated California’s laws, contributing to this problem,” said Becerra in a statement. “We need to get to the bottom of this.”
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The AG’s office has been investigating pricing practices following consumer complaints over costs for grocery staples. California’s anti-price gouging law caps price increases at 10% during emergencies.