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Diamond Waste, Inc. v. Monroe County

Citation: 23 ELR 21120
No. No. 91-379-2-MAC (WDO), 814 F. Supp. 83/(M.D. Ga., 03/02/1993) Motion to reconsider granted, summary judgment denied

The court holds that a county ordinance imposing strict regulations on persons and corporations that import out-of-county waste for disposal in the county is subject to strict scrutiny under the Commerce Clause. Following the Supreme Court's holding in Ft. Gratiot Sanitary Landfill, Inc. v. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the court holds that because the ordinance treats in-county waste differently from out-of-county waste, the county is not entitled to summary judgement on the issue of facial invalidity under the Commerce Clause.

Counsel for Plaintiff
L. Robert Lovett
Lovett & Hicks
165 First St., P.O. Box 185, Macon GA 31202
(912) 750-0200

Counsel for Defendants
Frederick L. Wright II
Smith, Currie & Hancock
2600 Harris Tower
Peachtree Ctr., 233 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta GA 30303
(404) 521-3800