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The Intelligence is Artificial, but the Conspiracy is Real

Price-fixing occurs when competing businesses conspire to raise, lower, or maintain the prices of goods or services at certain price points.

10/7/2019

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.

10/7/2019

Online Government Auction Bidder Involved in Bid-Rigging Scheme

In April of 2019, Marshall Holland, the owner of a Texas-based company that buys and sells used computers and computer parts, pleaded guilty in federal court for participating in a scheme to fix bids in online auctions set up and run by the Government Services Administration (“GSA”), the federal agency that manages federal properties and provides support services to federal government agencies.

10/7/2019

Spotlight: Meet Robert Yaptangco, Speaker for the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing

Robert Yaptangco recently joined the Antitrust Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General and began working as a speaker for the Partnership for Competitive Purchasing.

6/17/2019

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
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