Course Details: Vendor Collusion and Communications
Target Audiences: Intermediate (3-9 years of experience)
Vendor Collusion in Public Contracting – Detection and Reporting: This presentation is geared towards public entity personnel who participate in any part of the purchasing process. It will educate attendees on the basics of antitrust law, including what constitutes unlawful collusion among vendors and why collusion harms purchasers. It will identify some of the most common “red flags” of collusion by sellers of goods and services to public entities, and will describe when and how to report detected anomalies in the purchasing process. As a part of this presentation, attendees will hear real life examples of vendor misconduct impacting Ohio public purchasers and the litigation that the Ohio Attorney General’s Office has engaged in in an effort to recover the overcharges suffered by schools, municipalities, state agencies and other governmental bodies. The presenters will also describe the Ohio Attorney General’s Partnership for Competitive Purchasing, a voluntary program aimed at assisting public entities in detecting and remedying vendor misconduct.
Jennifer has been with the Ohio Attorney General's Office since 1995 and has been the Chief of the Antitrust Section since 2003. She has participated in a wide array of major investigations and litigated matters from the Chlorine bid-rigging litigation to investigations of alleged anticompetitive activities in the professional sports, food additives and insurance industries. She led the litigation teams for the Ohio Attorney General's Office in the Columbia HCA/Blue Cross merger litigation, the Marion Hospital merger litigation and the Sorbates price-fixing litigation. She is a frequent speaker and author of publications on antitrust law, and since 2003 has served as Amicus Vice Chair for the National Association of Attorneys General’s Antitrust Task Force. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hanover College in 1983, her JD from Indiana University School of Law in 1987, and her MBA from Indiana University Graduate School of Business in 1987.
Robert E. Morgan has been an investigator with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office since 1991 and has been the Principal Investigator of the Antitrust Section since 2005. Prior to his present investigatory role, he worked in both the Crime Victims Services and Consumer Protection Sections of the office. He has conducted numerous civil and criminal investigations, specializing in antitrust, consumer fraud and other financial & economic crimes. Bob received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Ohio University in 1990.