Lawsuit Claims Salt Companies Bilked Ohio Out Of $50 Million

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Cargill and Morton Salt colluded to increase the price Ohio paid for road salt.(Photo: Flickr)
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Cargill and Morton Salt colluded to increase the price Ohio paid for road salt.(Photo: Flickr)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he’s filing an antitrust lawsuit against two of the nation’s largest suppliers of road salt.

DeWine says Cargill and Morton Salt bilked the state out of $50 million over the course of a decade by colluding to inflate salt prices.

“It’s just a very sad thing, and it’s sad commentary on the intelligence they think Ohio taxpayers have, that they could get away with this year after year,” DeWine says.

A spokesman for Cargill denies the claims and says an inspector general investigation last year found no wrongdoing.

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