Ohio attorney general to investigate alleged price fixing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general say his office is looking into alleged bid-rigging involving sales of a chemical used to treat water.

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging municipalities to contact his office if they purchased aluminum sulfate or ferric acid between 1997 and 2010 for their wastewater or drinking water treatment. DeWine says he’s seeking information from local governments to determine if they got a fair price.

The move follows federal cases in New Jersey in which several executives of chemical manufacturing companies have been accused in a scheme to reduce competition in alum sales. They allegedly agreed among themselves who would win a bid or submit the lowest bid.

DeWine’s office says Ottawa County and the cities of Lorain and Cincinnati have joined as plaintiffs in one federal case.

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