Governments given 2 more weeks to make road salt claims

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public entities in Ohio are being given two extra weeks to submit claims for a share of the $11.5 million settlement with two rock salt producers that were accused of colluding to drive up prices.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday that state and local governments will now have until Aug. 23 to submit claims.

The state alleged that Morton Salt Inc. and Cargill Inc. agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices, leading to government entities paying above-market prices for rock salt to de-ice roads, highways and bridges.

Those that bought salt from Morton and Cargill between July 2008 and July 2011 could be eligible for a share of the settlement announced in June to end the state’s lawsuit.

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