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State Settles Road Salt Lawsuit

Attorney General Mike DeWine made the settlement announcement during a news conference Wednesday. Ohio Dept. of Transportation Director Jerry Wray was at his side.
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio

Many of Ohio’s cities and townships will soon be getting a check from a court settlement with companies that provide road salt.

Under the agreement, the Morton and Cargill companies will pay a combined $11.5 million. Most of the money will be distributed to local governments that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says spent too much on road salt for about a decade.

“I believe that this settlement is a very positive result for the people of the state of Ohio.  The millions that will be distributed to the state and to local governments would never have been returned to them if we had not filed this lawsuit and aggressively pursued this case,” DeWine said.

DeWine says Morton and Cargill divided up the rock salt market between themselves, agreeing not to compete with each other and he says that drove up prices. Morton and Cargill admit no wrongdoing as part of this settlement.