A US District Court grants motion to dismiss class action on an allegation of price fixing of rock salt (Erie County / Morton Salt)

Allegations of Conspiracy to Fix Prices in Ohio Rock Salt Duopoly Flunk “Plausibility” Analysis* Creation of duopolistic interdependence by misapplication of a state statute mandating preferential treatment for local producers is an implausible "slippery slope." Erie County v. Morton Salt, Inc., N.D. Ohio, No. 3:11-cv-00364-JGC, 9/19/11. Fifty-four northern Ohio counties filed a state court class action for violations of the Ohio Valentine Act, Ohio’s counterpart to the Sherman Act. The counties alleged that the only indigenous miners of rock salt in the state of Ohio, Morton Salt, Inc. and Cargill, engaged in a conspiracy to artificially inflate the prices of road salt between 2001 and 2008. Claims also included alleged violations of the Ohio Deceptive Practices Act and fraud.

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  • Sheppard Mullin (Los Angeles)

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Jr. Don T. Hibner, A US District Court grants motion to dismiss class action on an allegation of price fixing of rock salt (Erie County / Morton Salt), 19 September 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin US Private Enforcement, Art. N° 66580

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