State Rep. Romanchuk Applauds Rock Salt Price Settlement
$11.5 million to be returned to Ohio local governments as a result of decision

State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) applauded yesterday’s announcement that a settlement had been reached in a case involving the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and two rock salt companies, Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc.

The settled case found that the two companies had conspired with each other to increase rock salt prices for local governments to keep roads safer and clearer during the winter. As a result of the decision, $11.5 million will be returned to local government entities throughout the state.

“I commend Attorney General DeWine for his efforts in this case,” said Rep. Romanchuk.  “This is great news for our local municipalities.”

The antitrust lawsuit was filed against the two companies in March 2012. The Attorney General alleged that Morton and Cargill divvied up the rock salt market between themselves, eliminating competition with other companies and thus driving up rock salt prices for almost a decade, until 2010. This caused the Ohio Department of Transportation and other government entities to pay above-market prices.

The Attorney General’s Office will be responsible for distributing payments and will be reaching out to local governments requesting documentation on their salt rock purchases between 2008 and 2010. If you have any questions about the settlement, you may contact the AG’s Antitrust Section at 614-466-4328 or Rep. Romanchuk’s office at 614-466-5802.

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