Veolia loses another round in suit against city
Waste transfer station operator Veolia Environmental Services has had its complaint challenging Evanston's transfer tax dismissed for a second time by a circuit court judge.
Judge Lee Preston ruled today that the corporate giant's complaint failed to follow the state's rules for court pleadings -- which reject "narrative" pleadings and require that only the "ultimate facts to be proved" should be included.
That's the same basis upon which Judge Preston dismissed Veolia's first complaint back in May, but it appears the company didn't get the message. The first complaint ran 30 pages. The new one, by the judge's count, was even longer, at 34 pages.
Evanston City Attorney Grant Farrar, who requested the dismissal, says he expects the company will return to court with yet another version of its objections to the ordinance by the court-imposed deadline at the end of the month.
The city ordinance imposes a $2 fee for every ton of waste delivered to the transfer station.