Wednesday, September 7, 2011

City Sanitation, LLC v. Allied Waste Services of MA

Aug 31: In the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, Case No. 10-2284. Appealed from the District Court of MA, Worcester. In the colorful words of the Appeals Court, "This appeal is the culmination of a pitched battle between two waste-disposal firms, squabbling over the carcass of a third. The littered battlefield brings to mind the familiar adage that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
    "Telling the tale requires us to resolve questions of standing to prosecute claims arising out of a bankruptcy; questions of first impression as to the distinction between 'commercial tort claims' and 'proceeds' and as to the force and effect of Bankruptcy Rule 8006; and a question anent the fairness of a negotiated settlement. After careful consideration, we conclude that the disputed claims are commercial tort claims; that the trustee in bankruptcy had exclusive standing to pursue and settle those claims; that the appellant, by failing to comply with Bankruptcy Rule 8006, waived its theory of abandonment; and that the bankruptcy court's approval of the proposed settlement was within the realm of its discretion. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment . . . [and] we reject City's appeal."
    Access the complete opinion which includes more colorful passages (click here). [#Solid, #CA1]

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