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Florida Antitrust plaintiffs watch sun set on their class action quest

Plaintiffs alleging a price-fixing and market-allocation conspiracy among four major Florida ready mixed producers began the new year with a court order detouring the hospitable path they sought to injunctive relief and damages.

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Selling in a Bad Economy

Everyone has the same question, “When is this economy going to get better?” The answer is it will not come back in the near future. So what do you do?

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Court refuses to indulge claims of ‘meal period’ driver plaintiffs

A group of mixer truck drivers sought $6 million in a class action lawsuit, alleging former employer Granite Rock Co. violated California labor laws requiring off-duty meal periods or payment for duty-free meal periods. A Santa Clara County Superior Court decision issued last month suggests that instead of being awarded back pay and legal fee largesse, Driscoll et al. vs. Granite Rock plaintiffs and their counsel were handed their lunches.

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The flaws of antitrust laws

The ready mixed and precast concrete supply chain shows nothing out of line with vendors holding low, middle or higher double-digit national market share, as material or equipment category leaders like BASF Admixture Systems, Holcim (US) Inc., Mack Trucks Inc., McNeilus Cos. and Command Alkon Inc. illustrate. 

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Valmont brand of green jobs links wind farms to population centers

There is much to recommend in our cover story subject, a sprawling spun cast prestressed pole plant (pages 22–26), the people who run it, and the NYSE-traded company behind it. Located on a 150-acre site, Valmont Newmark/Bellville is running new batching, mix delivery, placing and forming equipment to support one of the more promising product categories in prestressed concrete.

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