Antitrust Bid-Rigging Web Tip Form

What is Bid-rigging?

Bid-rigging occurs when competitors agree who will submit the winning bid.  This can take several forms:

  • Bid Suppression: One of more competitors “get out of the way” for the chosen winner
  • Complementary Bidding: Bids come in that are obviously too high or are riddled with unrealistic special conditions
  • Bid Rotation: A game of tag, bid-rigging style
  • Market Division: Competitors take certain customers or geographic areas as their own and agree to stay away from others

What is Market Allocation?

Market Allocation is when competitors agree to divide up a market between competitors and not compete in those areas.  
The markets can be divided up in a variety of ways, including:
  • By geographic area: Company A agrees to take customers in the northern part of the state, and Company B takes customers in the southern part;
  • By customer type: Company A will only bid on food contracts for colleges, and Company B will only bid on food contracts for primary and secondary public school systems; or
  • By product: Company A will only bid on toner, and Company B will only bid on copier paper.

What is Price Fixing?

Price fixing occurs when competitors agree on a price or other terms of sale for their products or services. Please send any questions or additional documents or supporting materials to:

Antitrust Principal Investigator
Office of the Attorney General
150 E. Gay St., 22nd Floor
Phone: 614-466-4328
Fax: 614-995-0266

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