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Jury Awards Calif. Mining Families $100M For County's Plot

Law360, Los Angeles (March 22, 2017, 11:24 PM EDT) -- A California federal jury on Tuesday awarded two gravel mining families over $100 million on their claims that Sacramento County officials violated their constitutional rights by maliciously forcing them out of business to aid mining rival Teichert Construction.

After over a day of deliberations, the Sacramento jury awarded $75 million in compensatory damages to Joseph and Yvette Hardesty, owners of Hardesty Sand & Gravel, and $30 million to Jay Schneider and his family, who leased mining land to the Hardesty family, according to case documents.

The families had alleged that the county, its former board of supervisors chair Roger Dickinson, its...

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