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Los Angeles Landfill Plans Are Focus of New Lawsuit

Date: February 14, 2002

Source: News Room

A landowner and a group of small investors have filed an amended lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against two major waste industry corporations citing 13 causes of action ranging from breach of contract and fraud to violations of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act. The charges related to alleged collusion between BKK Corporation and Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc. to defraud them in a business relationship involving the Elsmere Canyon and Sunshine Canyon landfills. The original lawsuit was filed on October 9, 1998. According to Sands, the lawsuit was revised based on information and documents discovered in several filing cabinets which were discovered after the original lawsuit was filed and as trial was about to commence. The lawsuit emanated from a business agreement that the landowner entered into with the BKK and Elsmere corporations to develop the Elsmere Canyon Landfill back in the mid-1980s. Subsequently, the property and rights to the proposedlandfill were sold by BKK to BFI in the mid-1990s, which culminated in the alleged illegal termination of the contract with the plaintiffs.

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