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When Disaster Strikes – Vendor Misconduct in Times of Crisis

In the weeks and months following a natural disaster, public officials must address damage to school and university buildings, city offices, and county courthouses.  They must replace equipment and vehicles destroyed by the storm.  In some cases, very strong tornadoes can even damage sidewalks, parking lots, and other pavement. 

6/17/2019

Deterring Vendor Schemes Through Antitrust Enforcement

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office works hard to detect bid-rigging, price-fixing, and other anticompetitive acts by vendors.

6/17/2019

Contractors Use Advanced Technology to Rig Bids on Insulation Installation Contracts

When it works as it should, competitive bidding is a process where purchasers issue bids to vendors who proceed to assemble the best proposals possible to compete for the opportunity to provide specific products or services.

6/17/2019

Bid-Rigging at Public Real Estate Foreclosure Auctions in Mississippi

A foreclosure auction is a public sale of property triggered by the former property owner’s inability to pay off a mortgage and other debt attached to the foreclosed property.

4/19/2019

10 Signs of Possible Vendor Collusion

While most vendors are fair competitors, price-fixing and bid-rigging schemes can and do happen. Watch for certain red flags to help determine if vendors may be colluding.

12/19/2018

Spotlight: Meet Colin Kelsey

Colin Kelsey recently joined the Ohio Attorney General’s Antitrust Section as an investigator and began working as a speaker for the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing.

12/19/2018

The Case of the “Buffalo Billion” Bid-Rigging Scheme

When a request for proposal is tailored to give an advantage to certain competitors and ensure their success, the competitive bidding process is corrupted.

12/19/2018

A Case of Price-Fixing in the New York Waste Industry

A New York waste-hauling cartel exchanged texts about bid rigging, allocating customers, and fixing prices. The texts ultimately helped lead to criminal and civil penalties for the participants. 

8/17/2018

Send Us Your Questions and Ideas

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

8/17/2018

How to Join the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing

The Attorney General’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing identifies and prevents anti-competitive activities that can hurt local governments. The program is free to join and can help public purchasers safeguard their purchasing process.

8/17/2018
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