Judge Halts Dallas' Waste Disposal Ordinance

Law360, New York (February 1, 2012, 8:44 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Tuesday prohibited Dallas from enacting an ordinance requiring all of the city's waste to be disposed of at a city-owned landfill while the city faces a suit from waste management contractors.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor granted the waste management companies a preliminary injunction preventing the enforcement of the ordinance, calling the ordinance a “substantial impairment” of the contractual relationship between Dallas and the companies and a violation of the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The plaintiffs had sufficiently demonstrated...
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