Ohio Antitrust Laws

Antitrust laws in Ohio are covered under Chapter 1331, Title 13 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Private action is permissible under ORC Ann. 1331.08.  The Attorney General may also bring suit under the Act.  The period of limitation is four years under ORC Ann. 1331.12.  Attorney fees are not explicitly allowed under the Act.  Some provisions of Ohio antitrust laws are stated below:

ORC Ann. 1331.08 reads:

§ 1331.08. Liability for damages
In addition to the civil and criminal penalties provided in sections 1331.01 to 1331.14 of the Revised Code, the person injured in the person’s business or property by another person by reason of anything forbidden or declared to be unlawful in those sections, may sue therefore in any court having jurisdiction and venue thereof, without respect to the amount in controversy, and recover treble the damages sustained by the person and the person’s costs of suit. When it appears to the court, before which a proceeding under those sections is pending, that the ends of justice require other parties to be brought before the court, the court may cause them to be made parties defendant and summoned, whether or not they reside in the county where the action is pending.”

 

ORC Ann. 1331.12 reads in part:

§ 1331.12. Parties defendant; multiple proceedings; statute of limitations

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(B) Any civil or criminal action or proceeding for a violation of sections 1331.01 to 1331.14 of the Revised Code, other than one upon which an action was brought in any court by any person not later than forty-five days after the effective date of the current amendment, shall be forever barred unless commenced within four years after the cause of action accrued.”


Inside Ohio Antitrust Laws