Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon today announced legal action is being taken against the owners of 10 gas stations, including Snak Atak at 10th and Rangeline, Joplin, for price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Nixon's investigation began Aug. 31, two days after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, according to a news release from the attorney general. The owners of the gas stations will have to pay fines into the local school fund.
Snak Atak agreed to pay a $500 fine.
Nixon filed a lawsuit in Greene County Circuit Court against Express Lanes, 2959 N. Grant, Springfield, saying that station increased its profit margin on gas by more than 400 percent in the days after Katrina hit.