St. Louis County Counselor Pat Redington said Wednesday that the county would appeal a judge's ruling awarding $1.16 million to three trash-hauling firms that did not land contracts when the county set up trash districts in 2008.
County Circuit Judge Barbara Wallace on Friday awarded the damages to American Eagle Waste Industries, Meridian Waste Services and Waste Management of Missouri. Wallace ruled in September that the county had breached an implied contract with the haulers when it failed to give them two years' notice before setting up the trash districts.
Redington said she had not settled on a specific appeal. "But in general, we're saying that there never was a basis for a lawsuit to begin with and we don't think they proved damages anyway, so we will appeal on those grounds," she said.
The haulers had sought $23 million. In her ruling, Wallace wrote: "The evidence suggests the amount of Plaintiffs' damages had been inflated. It is not for the Court to give an inflated or exaggerated measure of damages, or to award a windfall judgment."
Wallace awarded $799,593 to Waste Management, $261,086 to American Eagle and $99,224 to Meridian.
The plaintiffs and their attorneys did not return calls for comment.