NYLPI Files Amicus Brief to Defend Waste Equity LawAugust 20, 2020
Shortly after the Waste Equity Law was passed, a national consortium of waste companies filed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the law. NYLPI filed an amicus brief at the trial level, representing Cleanup North Brooklyn, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 813, and OUTRAGE. The trial court upheld the law, and cited NYLPI’s amicus brief in its opinion, pointing to the important public health and safety benefits for communities who have borne the impact of our waste system for so many years.
The industry then appealed to the Appellate Division, where NYLPI filed a brief again in support of the City’s defense of the Law. Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan led the drafting of both amicus briefs, and appeared to argue in defense of the law at the trial court as well.
The full amicus brief can be read here.
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