Cities Accuse Paving Companies of Monopolizing Industry
Several cities in West Virginia are suing paving companies, accusing them of developing a statewide monopoly to inflate the cost of asphalt.
Beckley, Charleston, Bluefield and Parkersburg are accusing the companies of creating a scheme that caused the municipalities to pay at least 40 percent more for asphalt that they should have.
The cities allege that the companies took control of at least 15 asphalt plants that at one time competed with each other and kept prices at competitive levels. The cities say the companies' actions have violated the West Virginia Antitrust Act, which protects free trade and commerce.
Several companies including West Virginia Paving were named in the complaints. West Virginia Paving's Dunbar office didn't immediately respond to the Charleston Gazette-Mail's request for comment.