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Beachwood will receive a $40,453.91 reimbursement on prior purchases of rock salt. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced last week that 850 public entities across Ohio would receive reimbursements as part of a $11.5 million settlement to resolve an antitrust lawsuit against Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt.
“Our goal is always to deliver the best service and the best value to our residents,” said Mayor Merle S. Gorden. “I am pleased that Attorney General DeWine was able to ensure that we and all public entities in Ohio are maximizing our dollars on salt to keep our roads safe this winter for the 100,000 residents, visitors and business people that travel through Beachwood daily.”
According to a press release from Attorney General DeWine’s office, the settlement with Cargill and Morton Salt resolved a 2012 lawsuit accusing the companies of dividing up the Ohio rock salt market and agreeing not to compete with each other for public bids during a period ending in 2010. Although Morton and Cargill admitted no wrongdoing, they agreed to pay $11.5 million to resolve the state’s case. Reimbursements were calculated based off an entity’s total eligible rock salt purchase.More than $6.8 million will be distributed to local governments. Additional payments will be allotted to the Ohio Department of Transportation ($1.7 million), the Ohio Turnpike Commission ($174,435), and, as required by law, the State’s antitrust fund.