*After admitting that it suppressed the reports, BFI abandoned plans to expand the landfill(23, 24)
BFI continually broke the law at a landfill in Louisiana(1990)
The following BFI landfills have been the subject of legal or administrative actions:
BFI's violations in this respect tend to center on illegal attempts to take over/monopolize individual markets by forcing out competitors. In more than one instance, BFI and/state officials involved with their permits or applications have plead guilty to, or paid penalties to settle charges of bribery.
1984: $3 million settlement to avoid inclusion in list of defendants being sued by NJ for price fixing and bribery of state officials.(12)
1984: Approximately $6 million out of court settlement with Conservation Management concerning a lawsuit by Conservation which alleged that BFI had bribed a Texas state senator who was to help defeat Conservation's landfill application.(13)
1985: $130, 000 settlement with state of Georgia, concerning charges of price fixing, bid rigging and customer allocation designed to undercut competitors.(14)
1987: Guilty plea and $1 million fine to the Dept. of Justice for price fixing and customer allocation conspiracy with WMI in Ohio and Michigan.(15)
1988: $350, 000 settlement with the state of Ohio, in Toledo to settle price fixing charges.(16)
1988: $6.5 million civil court judgment in Burlington Vt., for anti-trust activities including predatory pricing.(17)
1989: A New Jersey grand jury indicted John A. Pinto (BFI regional vice president, 1975-1981) for customer allocation and coercion in price fixing scheme from 1970-1984. In 1989, Pinto plead guilty and paid a $50, 00 fine. Pinto continued to receive $125, 000/year until 1984 when he retired. "As set forth in testimony before the New York State Assembly Committee, Pinto clearly had ties to organized crime, and was appointed by and reported directly to, John Drury, BFI's president."(18)
1990: $30.5 million out of court settlement resulting from a class action lawsuit brought by customers against BFI and WMI alleging price fixing and customer allocation.(19)
1994: $4.2 million fine in Kane County. IL, for price fixing.(20)
1995: Texas state employee with The Natural Resource Conservation Commission pleads guilty to accepting a bribe from BFI in exchange for a favorable permit ruling.(21)
1996: Settlement reached by BFI and WMI with Justice Dept. in Memphis Tenn., Georgia, Iowa and Louisiana for illegal contracts and other anti-trust violations. BFI agreed to stop the practices and no penalties were assessed. Concerning BFI's practices, the Justice Dept said, BFI "intentionally used restrictive contracts to inhibit competition and enhance its power over commercial customers".(22)
1998: BFI reached...
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