Trash – the menage a trois version

Paul Rioux reports “Concrete Busters of Louisiana, whose disposal bid was rejected in favor of River Birch’s, filed the suit against River Birch late Friday in New Orleans Civil District Court” .

The River Birch landfill allegedly engaged in unfair trade practices by colluding with former Jefferson Parish officials to obtain a controversial $160 million garbage-disposal contract, according to a lawsuit filed by a River Birch rival…

The firm is seeking reimbursement for more than $7.5 million in lost profits as well as attorney fees and expenses to prepare its rejected proposal.

The 28-page suit accuses former Parish President Aaron Broussard’s administration of rigging the selection process that resulted in the 25-year River Birch contract, which is under federal investigation and has yet to be enacted.

River Birch spokesman Glenn Smith declined to comment. He has previously denied any suggestion of collusion, saying River Birch “had nothing to do with the pace or timing of the process.”

Although a copy of the complaint was not available, Rioux provides a summary:

The suit alleges Broussard, his top aide, Tim Whitmer, and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson “hijacked” the RFP and broadened it to include “any other solid waste,” knowing that River Birch had long coveted the parish’s trash business.

Concrete Busters proposed incinerating woody waste for $7 a ton. River Birch proposed not only removing woody waste for $1 a ton but also taking all other household garbage for an overall average of $19.22 a ton.

The suit claims River Birch’s proposal was selected in 2009 after Broussard’s administration short-circuited the normal evaluation process by not including the parish’s Environmental Affairs director on the review committee in violation of a parish ordinance.

The suit also cites complaints from midlevel administrators that the deal was rammed through without the proper financial analysis for such a momentous contract, which requires the parish to close its dump for a quarter century.

a menage a trois of trash Рthree lawsuits and three  former Parish officials РBroussard, Whitmer, and Wilkinson.

2 thoughts on “Trash – the menage a trois version”

  1. Love the french application here Nowdy. And what an orgy it has been for 6 years.

    Which brings up the exception of prescription for Concrete Busters, the latest stud man cum lately. Why the heck didn’t stud file when he lost the original bid at the whore house.

    Every plaintiff better also be naming the legal malpractice insurance of Broussard, Wilkinson and any other parish attorneys involved as co-defendants and be stating alternative causes of negligence as intentional tort may not be provable 0r payable by insurers anyway.

  2. Great point, CCC. Makes you wonder where the likes of Randy Smith got his law degree from. Uh, Randy, conspiracy to cheat your client is an intentional act for which the Parish may not be responsible under vicarious liability. Sounds like you just plead your way out of a payday!

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