Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trash Legal Costs Continue to Mount; More Plaintiffs Added to Suit

December 16, 2009 - Staff Report
From the Call Newspapers, Dec. 16, 2009

A third plaintiff has been added in the class-action lawsuit against St. Louis County and the three waste haulers that serve its trash districts exclusively. Oakville resident Mike Weber joined Paul Marquis of Fenton and Cathy Armbruster of Lemay in their suit against the county, Allied Waste, IESI and Veolia Environmental Services.

The plaintiffs' attorneys amended their petition Friday to include Weber after IESI claimed it could not be sued because neither Marquis nor Armbruster live in its trash district. Weber does. The class-action suit, filed in September with the St. Louis County Circuit Court, claims both the trash districts and the mandated trash service are illegal.

Representing residents and other county property owners, the plaintiffs want Allied, IESI and Veolia to repay all the fees they've collected since they began servicing the trash districts last fall. The lawsuit also asks the court to declare county ordinances establishing the districts and prohibiting unauthorized haulers from providing trash removal within them "illegal and void."

The case initially was to go before Circuit Judge Patrick Clifford, but the county successfully motioned for a change of judge last month. Circuit Judge Robert Cohen took the county's motion to dismiss the suit under submission Friday, December 11.


  1. Anonymous6:29 PM

    It is my belief, that this thing will circle the wagons several times, and end up getting set aside. There will be no settlement, and it will get tossed out on merit.
    Only the lawyers make some money on this.

  2. Anonymous7:00 PM

    Makes one wonder why the county would request a change of the judge - hummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous9:10 AM

    This law suit is ridiculous against the plaintiff hauling companies. Those companies bid in good faith, were awarded contracts in good faith, and are operating at the direction of St. Louis County.
    This course of events is the complete result of actions taken by St. Louis County. St. Louis County is the only plaintiff in this arena.
    If the courts act against St. Louis County, it will cost tax payers additonal millions of dollars over and above the millions already spent and wasted.
    The courts must dismiss on lack of merit on behalf of the taxpayers in St. Louis County.
    And sanctions should be issued against the county to insure fair play in the future.