NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Feb.13 that Granite JFK LLC and Crossroads Hospitality Company, which own and operate, respectively, the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel, have agreed pay $48,000 to settle allegations of illegal price gouging during the Jonas ice storm in January 2016.
The Jonas ice storm was the second biggest to hit New York since 1869. During the
blizzard, the Courtyard by Marriot allegedly raised its prices by inordinate
amounts. It purportedly charged consumers desperate for shelter rates ranging
from 45 to 75 percent more than the normal amount it usually charged.
“The Courtyard by Marriott took advantage of hundreds of
stranded people who were simply seeking the safety of shelter during and after
this massive blizzard,” Schneiderman said. “This settlement holds the hotel
accountable for these actions and prohibits it from happening again. I
encourage New Yorkers to consult our tips to avoid cold weather scams and to
report any incidents of fraud to my office.”
case for New York were former assistant attorney general Jeanna E. Hussey,
assistant attorney general Stephanie Sheehan, deputy bureau chief Laura J.
Levine and bureau chief Jane M. Azia of the Consumer Frauds and Protection
Bureau. Also assisting was executive deputy attorney general for economic justice Manisha M. Sheth.