After a five-week federal jury trial in Sacramento, Yetter Coleman secured a unanimous verdict for a family-owned mining company in California that brought a business civil rights case against the County of Sacramento for violations of procedural and substantive due process rights.
The firm’s clients, Joe and Yvette Hardesty of Hardesty Sand & Gravel, had operated a vested mine on a historic ranch for 30 years. The Hardestys alleged that the County violated their rights by driving the mine out of business for improper reasons at the urging of a large competitor.
Yetter Coleman was lead trial counsel. After a day and a half of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of $75.5 million for the Hardestys, in actual and punitive damages, as well as $31.3 million for the co-plaintiff Schneider family, who own the land.