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Defense Research Institute Reports on Beveridge & Diamond Win in California Court of Appeal in Landfill Expansion Case

September 8, 2014

DRI, the leading organization for defense lawyers, reports in the latest issue of its online magazine The Voice on the Firm's recent win in the California Court of Appeal. In a published decision, the Court of Appeal reversed a trial court decision in favor of plaintiff environmental groups that sought to rescind a key permitting decision allowing the expansion of Potrero Hills Landfill. SPRAWLDEF v. San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission, 226 Cal. App. 4th 905 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014).  The Court rejected arguments from environmental groups that the permitting authority, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, had inadequate evidence to determine that alternatives to the expansion of the landfill were economically infeasible. The Court of Appeal’s unanimous, published opinion establishes important new precedent under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Washington-based Principal James Slaughter led the Beveridge & Diamond team that secured the ruling.

The decision marks the final chapter in the Firm’s successful defense to several challenges to the operation of the Potrero Hills Landfill in which Mr. Slaughter has successfully represented Potrero Hills and its parent company, Waste Connections.

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Beveridge & Diamond represents virtually all aspects of the solid waste industry, including and private owners and operators of landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities, sludge management facilities and municipal waste combustors, as well as national solid waste trade associations. We assist with the development, siting, public bidding, construction, operation and closure/post closure management of solid waste facilities throughout the country.