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The Informed Purchaser

From time to time, you may encounter terms or concepts unique to antitrust issues, competition, and schemes to exploit purchasers.  Here are a few relevant terms and definitions:


Attorney General’s Office Adopts Self-Disclosure Policy

The Ohio Attorney General’s Self-Disclosure Policy encourages vendors and others to self-report anti-competitive activities and offers lenient treatment to businesses that come forward to report wrongdoing that may violate antitrust laws


Identify the Purchases Most at Risk for Bid-Rigging

Detecting bid-rigging schemes is no easy feat. It becomes a little bit easier, however, if you know which purchases are the most likely to be the subject of anti-competitive schemes by vendors. Three factors make a product or service especially vulnerable to bid-rigging:


Bidders and Their Subcontractors: The Importance of Full Disclosure

Public entities routinely ask bidders to identify their subcontractors. Bidders usually comply. But what is the reason for the requirement? Is the question merely boilerplate or something more? While the identification of subcontractors may serve a variety of purposes, one of the most important relates to the detection of bid-rigging.


Legal Corner: Ohio Attorney General’s Rock Salt Litigation

A brutal winter like the one that has gripped Ohio and much of the nation this year makes cities, counties, townships, and other governmental entities rely even more heavily than usual on their purchases of one particular product: rock salt. Because rock salt is widely accepted as the most cost-effective means of treating icy roads, public purchasers have very little choice when the price goes up but to take money from other parts of their budgets for salt purchases.


News in Brief

Have You Registered to Become One of our Partners?
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing takes a proactive approach to bid-rigging detection.


Assignment Clauses: A Few Words That Can Pay Big Dividends

Many of the steps that public purchasers can take to deter vendor collusion, such as making sure bidders submit all required documentation with their bids, can also increase their chances of recovering compensation if bidder collusion does occur and a lawsuit results.


Public Notice Websites Offer Valuable Services

Did you know that two websites compile and publish public notices about competitive bidding opportunities and other proceedings in Ohio?


Connecticut AG Files Antitrust Suit Against Snowplow Operators

In October 2011, a Nor’easter deposited an enormous and crippling snowfall across much of the East Coast. Now, two years later, the Connecticut Attorney General has filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging three snow removal companies engaged in an illegal boycott and bid-rigging conspiracy that caused Southbury, Conn., and its taxpayers to pay too much to make the town’s roads safe and passable during that extreme weather event.


Attorney General Offers Bid-Rigging Detection Program at No Cost to Ohio Public Entities

Our first issue of Competition Matters in August described Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing, a program designed to take a proactive approach to bid-rigging detection. The partnership is a voluntary program open to all Ohio public entities — from township governments to state agencies and small school districts to public universities. The Attorney General’s Antitrust Section staff periodically select one registered public entity and provide an on-site review of the bid records for one or more products or services purchased by that entity.

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