Owners of salt mine sue Morton for not paying fair share

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jul. 20, 2013, 3:32pm

TYLER - Three owners of a salt mine located in Van Zandt County have filed a lawsuit claiming that Morton Salt mined, manufactured and sold salt from their land without properly paying them.

Jonathan Goff, Daryl S. Harden and Norman O. Farris filed suit against Morton Salt Inc. and R. L. Ray on July 18 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

The plaintiffs and the defendants are co-owners of a fee-simple interest in certain real estate located in Van Zandt County. The property is located in and is a part of a major salt dome referred to as the Grand Saline salt mine. 

The defendants are accused of mining the salt from the tract of land without paying the plaintiffs their fair share.

The plaintiffs are demanding an accounting from defendant Morton of all income received from any source as a result of defendant’s mining of the subject property and demand compensation commensurate to plaintiffs’ interest.

The lawsuit is seeking an award of damages, interest, court costs and attorney’s fees.

The plaintiffs are represented by Tom Henson of Ramey & Flock P.C. in Tyler. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 6:13-cv-00544

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