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WEST VIRGINIA CODE

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CHAPTER 46A. WEST VIRGINIA CONSUMER CREDIT AND PROTECTION ACT.

ARTICLE 6J. PROTECTION OF CONSUMERS FROM PRICE GOUGING AND UNFAIR PRICING PRACTICES DURING AND SHORTLY AFTER A STATE OF EMERGENCY.

§46A-6J-2. Definitions.

(a) “Building materials” means lumber, construction tools, windows, and any other item used in the building or rebuilding of property.

(b) “Consumer food item” means any article that is used or intended for use for food or drink by a person or animal.

(c) “Disaster” means the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, loss of life, or property resulting from any natural or man-made cause, including fire, flood, earthquake, wind, snow, storm, chemical or oil spill, or other water or soil contamination, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation, or other public calamity requiring emergency action.

(d) “Emergency supplies” includes, but is not limited to, water, flashlights, radios, batteries, candles, blankets, generators, heaters, and temporary shelters.

(e) “Essential consumer item” means any article that is necessary to the health, safety, and welfare of consumers, including, but not limited to, clothing, diapers, soap, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.

(f) “Gasoline” means any fuel used to power any motor vehicle or power tool.

(g) “Housing” means any rental housing leased on a month-to-month term or the sale of manufactured homes, as that term is defined in §21-9-2 of this code.

(h) “Large-scale threat” means circumstances which present a reasonable probability that necessary services or public order would be disrupted, and effect a significant number of people from either natural or man-made causes.

(i) “Medical supplies” includes, but is not limited to, prescription and nonprescription medications, bandages, gauze, isopropyl alcohol, and antibacterial products.

(j) “Repair or reconstruction services” means any services performed by any person for repairs to residential, commercial, or public property of any type that is damaged as a result of a disaster.

(k) “State of emergency” means the situation existing during or after the occurrence of a disaster or large-scale threat in which a state of emergency has been declared by the Governor or by the Legislature pursuant to the provisions of §15-5-6 of this code.

(l) “State of preparedness” means the situation existing before a disaster or large-scale threat in which a state of preparedness has been declared by the Governor or by the Legislature pursuant to the provisions of §15-5-6 of this code.

(m) “Transportation, freight, and storage services” means any service that is performed by any company that contracts to move, store, or transport personal or business property, or rents equipment or storage space for those purposes.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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