DeWine Announces Settlement Amounts in Rock Salt Case
October 1, 2015 - 11:49 PM
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced
that his office is sending checks to 850 Ohio public entities as part of
the Attorney General’s $11.5 million settlement to resolve an antitrust
lawsuit against Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc. over past rock salt
Entities in 87 Ohio counties are receiving settlement funds.
“When I announced this settlement in June, I indicated my intention to
return a significant portion of the money to local agencies and
governments that buy rock salt,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We know
these agencies stretch public funds and taxpayer dollars as far as
possible, and we hope this money will help them make roads safer for the
citizens who depend on them.”
Attorney General DeWine’s 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, just before a jury trial was
set to begin.
Of the total settlement, about $6.8 million was available to local
governments. Additional payments were allotted to the state’s largest
single rock salt purchaser — the Ohio Department of Transportation ($1.7
million), the Ohio Turnpike Commission ($174,435), and, as required by
law, the state’s antitrust fund.
Over the summer, the Attorney General’s Office encouraged Ohio public
entities to submit a claim for a share of the settlement based on the
total amount of rock salt they purchased from Cargill and/or Morton
between 2008 and 2010, the timeframe for which the state could seek
recovery in the case.
The office received eligible claims from 848 Ohio public entities, each
of which is receiving a check. Distribution amounts were calculated at a
percentage of an entity’s total eligible rock salt purchase. To ensure
that no entity received a check for just a few dollars, entities were
guaranteed at least a minimum distribution of $500, except for one
entity whose total purchase was just $319.
The following Knox County communities will receive portions of the settlement:
Berlin Township $590.26
City Of Mount Vernon $5,662.92
Clinton Township $2,282.94
Hilliar Township $500.00
Howard Township $1,082.87
County Engineer's Office $23,788.90
Middlebury Township $500.00
Monroe Township $1,187.81
Morris Township $1,368.59
Pleasant Township $1,096.52
Village Of Centerburg $500.20
Village Of Danville $500.00
Village Of Fredericktown $1,733.76
Village Of Gambier $568.63
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