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Local governments Get $6.8M From Ohio Road-Salt Settlement

Public entities that bought road salt from Morton and Cargill are entitled to compensation.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 848 public entities in Ohio will get a share of the state's $11.5 million settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

The state Department of Transportation gets $1.7 million from the settlement as Ohio's largest single rock salt buyer. About $6.8 million will be distributed to local governments. Some of the money also goes to the Ohio Turnpike Commission and Ohio's antitrust fund.

DeWine says all the public entities that made eligible claims are getting a check.

The settlement ends a lawsuit in which the state alleged that Chicago-based Morton Salt Inc. and Minnesota-based Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices on rock salt used to de-ice roads and bridges. Both companies denied wrongdoing.

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