Hustadkalk won dispute in the Supreme Court
Simonsen Vogt Wiig and partner Frithjof Herlofsen represented Hustadkalk.
Based on a contract from 1906, Hustadkalk acquired the right to extract «all limestone or marble deposits» in Blåberget at Visnes. To exploit this deposit, it is necessary to take out overburden containing eclogite rock. The eclogite has since 2002 been sold as a by-product. Landowner interests claimed that the eclogite belonged to them. Supported by the Norwegian Farmers’ Association, the Norwegian Forest Owners’ Association and Norskog, the landowners inter alia claimed that the judgment by the Court of Appeal was in defiance of industry practice, property law principles and human rights provisions regarding protection of property.
The Supreme Court held in favour of Hustadkalk, that Hustadkalk, without having to pay any kind of consideration to the landowners, is entitled to commercially exploit the eclogite, hereunder market and sell eclogite products.