Judge denies Florida Cement and Concrete Antitrust plaintiffs class certification

An early-January ruling stands to significantly increase costs and complicate litigation burdens for In Re Florida Cement and Concrete Antitrust Litigation plaintiffs. Greatly streamlined from initial claims of a five-year scope and 10-defendant pool, the two-year-old case alleges a 2008–2009 concrete price-fixing conspiracy among Cemex Inc., Florida Rock Industries, VCNA Prestige Ready-Mix Florida Inc., and Tarmac America LLC.

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Outdated bidding polices for pavement costs taxpayers billions, says PCA Economist

As oil prices rise and refineries adopt new technologies, industry experts are seeing a direct impact on the costs for states to build and maintain roads and highways. The lower “initial bid” of asphalt roads has disappeared, yet industry experts say many state departments of transportation (DOTs) have not changed their bidding policies.

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Five Cemex sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council

Five of Cemex’s sites in the United States have earned certification with the Wildlife Habitat Council for superior management of wildlife enhancement and land conservation projects. The five sites are cement manufacturing plants in Fairborn, Ohio, and Louisville, Ky. and the FEC Quarry, 474 Sand Mine, and Brooksville Quarry in Florida.

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Scott named PCA senior VP of Government Affairs

Portland Cement Association appointed Gregory M. Scott senior vice president of government affairs on Jan. 1, 2012. He will head the association’s Washington office and represent PCA and its members before Congress, the Administration and the White House.

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