Cemex USA wins court ruling in royalty fight

Cemex USA wins court ruling in royalty fight
Published: 23 December 2009

Cemex USA said on Tuesday that it has won a legal ruling over US$558m in mineral royalties sought by the state of Texas.

Cemex said Judge Carlos Villa ruled from the bench that the state and the General Land Office cannot require Cemex to pay royalties for the removal of sand, gravel, limestone, granite, caliche and soil from its quarry in McKelligon Canyon. Villa, a state court judge, ruled on Thursday.

Cemex said the General Land Office had tried to get it to pay for sand and gravel removed from the site over the past 60 years by Cemex and its predecessors. Cemex said the state wanted $558 million in royalties as well as the full value of the sand and gravel removed from the site, which Cemex acquired in 2006.

"We’re going to appeal. This is round one," General Land Office spokesman Jim Suydam said.