A Slippery Slope In Ohio's Rock Salt Market

Law360, New York (December 8, 2011, 3:30 PM EST) -- Creation of duopolistic interdependence by misapplication of a state statute mandating preferential treatment for local producers is an implausible "slippery slope." Erie County v. Morton Salt Inc., N.D. Ohio, No. 3:11-cv-00364-JGC, 9/19/11.

Fifty-four northern Ohio counties filed a state court class action for violations of the Ohio Valentine Act, Ohio's counterpart to the Sherman Act. The counties alleged that the only indigenous miners of rock salt in the state of Ohio, Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc., engaged in a conspiracy to artificially inflate the prices...
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