Over 670 Entities Seek Share of Ohio Rock Salt Settlement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Hundreds of local governments and other public entities are seeking a share of Ohio’s $11.5 million settlement with two rock salt producers that were accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

The state alleged that Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices. It said that led to state and local governments paying above-market prices for rock salt to de-ice roads, highways and bridges.

The settlement announced in June ends that lawsuit. Public entities in Ohio that bought salt from Morton and Cargill between July 2008 and July 2011 could be eligible for a share of the payout.

The attorney general’s office says more than 670 claims had been filed by cities, townships, universities and others by Monday. The deadline is Friday.