In early 1998, the University of Utah issued a Request for Quote/Bid that solicited bids for an entire audio-visual system for its Biology Research Building. This bid was closed without a succesful bidder. A re-bid Request was then issued with the original bid broken down into six discrete packages. VTI was one of five bidders and it was awarded packages 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 in the amount of $107,739.81. The state alleged that in the preparation of its response to both the Original and Re-bid Requests, an employee of VTI had communicated with an employee of a competing bidder and shared information regarding the equipment to be bid and the prices that each company should charge. In addition, VTI allegedly engaged in discusssions with several other bidders to fix prices for equipment at a fixed percentage over dealer’s cost. As part of the Settlement Agreement executed wit the State, and without admitting liability, VTI agreed to pay a civil penalty of $9,000 and bring its business practices into compliance with Utah’s Antitrust Act.