Electronics Industry Settles E-Waste Lawsuit against New York City

Date: June 29, 2010

Source: News Room

Exactly one month after New York Gov. David Paterson signed his state's e-waste measure into law, a federal court judge in Manhattan dismissed a lawsuit involving New York City's controversial e-waste recycling and collection law. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) filed suit last July against the city and its co-defendant, the Natural Resources Defense Council, arguing that the law was unconstitutional, too restrictive, and placed an undue burden on manufacturers to take back used electronics. City workers' unions joined the fray arguing that the law gave jobs to the private sector that were the exclusive domain of city sanitation workers. U.S. District Judge William Pauley declared the issue moot since the state of New York passed its own law on May 28 that supersedes that of the city, and all other local governments in the state.

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