In This Case, the Quarry Wins
- Written by Mark Kuhar
January 18, 2012 – The NCAA National Champion Crimson Tide isn't the only winning team in Alabama. M&N Materials is a winner as well. In an ongoing case that may serve as a textbook example of what can happen to a small town that uses annexation and rezoning to oppose the opening of an aggregates operation, the town of Gurley, Ala., asked a Madison County court to stay a judgment while it appeals a $5 million jury verdict in favor of M&N Materials. The case is nearly seven years old, and the end is not likely in sight, as Gurley hopes to persuade the Alabama Supreme Court to reverse the jury's verdict. The town's attorneys have estimated that could be a 12- to 18-month process. Gurley officials have said the town of fewer than 900 residents cannot pay the judgment. The Gurley Town Council has already approved a plan directing the town to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection if the efforts to collect the judgment are not stayed by either the Circuit Court or the Alabama Supreme Court.