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Changes to Ohio’s Antitrust Law – What Public Purchasers Need to Know

Changes to Ohio’s antitrust law, the Valentine Act, took effect on April 6, 2017. This edition of “Competition Matters” outlines the changes most likely to impact public purchasers. 


Canadian City’s Procurement Woes Are Good Reminders for All

A report about Toronto’s road paving contracts addresses certain red flags of collusion and offers advice that could benefit all public purchasers.


Beware of These 5 Scams Targeting Organizations

Just as individuals can be targeted by scam artists, so too can organizations.


We Welcome Your Questions

We encourage you to suggest a topic, or ask a question of the legal staff of the Ohio Attorney General’s Antitrust Section. Questions will be addressed in future issues of “Competition Matters.” (No individuals’ or organizations’ names will be published.) Please submit your questions or suggested topics to Beth Hubbard at


We’re Looking for Partners to Keep Competition Healthy!

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing takes a proactive approach to bid-rigging detection.  Our attorneys and investigators regularly work on issues related to anti-competitive activities, giving them the expertise to help you spot bid-rigging and price-fixing.


The Informed Purchaser: Defining “Sham Bids”

When unscrupulous vendors rig bids, the competitive process is disrupted.  At times, the bid results look perfectly normal and the wrongdoers fly quietly under the radar.  At other times, however, the results look so unusual as to raise immediate suspicion.


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You can tailor the topics and timing of email communications from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. 


Ohio Attorney General’s Office Presents Competition Law Programs Throughout the State

Public officials and procurement professionals have their hands full managing the day-to-day operations of their cities, townships, counties, school districts, and other public bodies.  Although officials have little time to enroll in a university course on antitrust law or bid-rigging detection, the Ohio Attorney General’s Antitrust Section can bring training to you.  


Legal Corner: Four Convicted of Rigging Public School Bus Route Auction in Puerto Rico

In 2013, the Caguas school district conducted an auction to award four-year contracts for its bus routes.  But the companies that appeared to compete at the auction for the routes were not really competing at all.  Company officials met before the auction and divided the contracts among themselves, deciding which company would win which route.


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Tailor the topics and timing of email communications you receive from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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