Wednesday, February 19, 2014

St. Louis County’s trash hauler lawsuit gone bad for taxpayers

Mistakes for the  County's trash program are leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars from a lawsuit that went all the way up the Missouri Supreme Court.

Basically the law required St. Louis County to notify the former trash haulers by certified mail two years in advance before stripping them of their customers.
Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County

The county decided to take over trash collection itself and award the business to new companies.

Former trash haulers sued and won the case and are now sitting on a $5.9 million judgment against the county and are trying to get more.

It’s a deal the Dooley administration could have avoided. Instead it’s been embroiled in a long legal battle with the former haulers since 2008, a battle it lost because of a simple mistake.

The lawyer for the trash haulers says it didn’t need to turn out this way for taxpayers. Click below for more information on the 6-year battle and the beleaguered St. Louis County's trash program.

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