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The Informed Purchaser: “Collusive Oligopoly”

A few powerful manufacturers that dominate the market and go to great lengths to conceal their lucrative price-fixing conspiracy? That’s an example of a “collusive oligopoly.”  


The Antitrust Risk of Competitor Information Exchanges

Seeking out and exchanging information with competitors is a normal business activity for many companies, and there are often legitimate reasons for competitors to do so. However, the exchange of sensitive information that leads to collusion, hurts competition, or harms consumers may violate antitrust laws. 


Tailor the Topics and Timing of Our Communications

You can tailor the topics and timing of email communications from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. 


Legal Corner: The Legal Side of the Moon

Anti-competitive agreements can take many forms. Conspirators may agree to bid only in a certain geographic region, or they may alternate winning bids by year. One group of conspirators, however, took a far more astral approach: they let the phases of the moon determine the bid winner.


States Expand Case Against Generic Drug Makers

An ongoing lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and 45 other state attorneys general had a new development this fall. The attorneys general sought to add 12 new drug-maker defendants to a lawsuit that accuses several generic drug manufacturers of conspiring to reduce competition and inflate prices.


We Welcome Your Questions

We encourage you to suggest a topic or ask a question of the legal staff of the Ohio Attorney General’s Antitrust Section.


We’re Looking for Partners to Keep Competition Healthy!

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing takes a proactive approach to bid-rigging detection. 


Tips for Preventing Anti-Competitive Activity

Simple steps can help discourage anticompetitive activity and improve the odds of detecting it if it occurs.


Changes to Ohio’s Antitrust Law – What Public Purchasers Need to Know

Changes to Ohio’s antitrust law, the Valentine Act, took effect on April 6, 2017. This edition of “Competition Matters” outlines the changes most likely to impact public purchasers. 


Canadian City’s Procurement Woes Are Good Reminders for All

A report about Toronto’s road paving contracts addresses certain red flags of collusion and offers advice that could benefit all public purchasers.

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