Businesses and corporations opting to abide by the laws and regulations of both state and federal forces are typically able to function without unnecessary intercessions with political forces.
Online PR News – 24-March-2010 – – Businesses and corporations opting to abide by the laws and regulations of both state and federal forces are typically able to function without unnecessary intercessions with political forces. Recently, however, the respected global materials building company, CEMEX was forced to defend its property rights in a case filed by the State of Texas.
According to reports, Jerry Patterson, the Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office (GLO) brought charges against CEMEX, asserting that the company had trespassed. Almost unbelievably, the charges asserted the trespassing had occurred on CEMEX’s very own operations site.
CEMEX’s Battle for Property Rights
CEMEX, a popular company providing international facilities with an array of building materials and resources, was confronted with a major setback in December of 2009. Challenged with a lawsuit that sought to cease CEMEX’s operations, the company was forced to head into court to fight for their land-removal rights.
According to details of the lawsuit, prosecutors attempted to fine CEMEX for a payment of $558 million. Justifying the suit, officials declared that the company had failed to pay the state of Texas for the eradication and subsequent sale of various natural resources and materials found on CEMEX’s property.
With this suit, prosecutors were basically aiming to argue that the state of Texas has rights to the natural materials and resources on any business’ private property. Justifiably, many citizens and companies were alarmed at this charge, as supporters of CEMEX assert that the company never violated any legal directives.
For this specific case, the State of Texas asserted that CEMEX owed the state payments for royalties earned from the resources on the Canyon quarry property. Many opponents of the State’s actions claim that their lawsuit was unwarranted, especially considering the state had never filed charges against any other company operating on the McKelligon Canyon quarry property prior to CEMEX’s acquisition.
The Court’s Ruling: CEMEX Declares Victory
Judge Villa, charged with handling the CEMEX and State of Texas case, ultimately ruled in favor of the company, declaring that the prosecution lacked sufficient warrant and cause for their suit. Specifically, CEMEX was able to prove that the lawsuit was in direct violation of the established opinions of the Texas Attorney General, as well as the Texas Supreme Court.
With this verdict, CEMEX California has maintained its legal rights to remove and sell natural land materials from their property sites. The company can continue with its operations, while CEMEX’s air quality dedication can continue to thrive.