For Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division: California Court of Appeal rules in favor of JMBM client in CEQA challenge

For Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division: On February 19, 2013, the Second Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal ruled in favor of JMBM client Vulcan Materials Company in a CEQA challenge brought against the City of Azusa by the City of Duarte. Duarte sought to prevent Vulcan’s plans to change the location of its mining operations within a quarry located in Azusa, to an area visible from Duarte. The Court affirmed the judgment secured by JMBM in the Superior Court, finding that the City of Duarte failed to identify any defect in the environmental impact report (EIR) certified by the City of Azusa. JMBM attorney Joel Deutsch advised Vulcan throughout the multi-year EIR process and JMBM attorney Matthew Hinks also represented Vulcan, along with Deutsch, in the Superior Court and Court of Appeal. JMBM’s Construction and Building Materials Group has a dominant position among California law firms in the building materials industry. The Group’s attorneys advise materials suppliers (including sand, gravel and cement companies) and manufacturers, as well as contractors and other industry players on their environmental, corporate, regulatory and litigation issues.