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Occupying Illinois

Setting aside metro-New York and its unique concrete, aggregate and cement supplier profile, Chicago was the last major U.S. market to draw significant investment from integrated, multinational producers. Three now have sizable stakes, as a fourth eyes a corporate beachhead a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan.

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Ten big defendants and then there were none

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami, can tend to more pressing matters than In Re Florida Cement and Concrete Antitrust Litigation, a case of alleged producer price-fixing and market allocation originally scheduled for jury trial this month. Taxpayers will be spared the expense, while court staff and jurors are relieved of discovering a recurring obstacle in 25 months of case proceedings: Insufficient evidence to support alleged illegal behavior among Sunshine State producers with integrated cement and ready mixed businesses.

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