A truck carrying a trailer load of color television tubes overturned on IH-35 in a vehicle accident that caused the tubes to break, thereby making them a hazardous waste due to the lead content. Some of the tubes were sent to the TDS Landfill by first responders and state authorities, based on representations made by the trucking company, and occurred prior to first responders and TDSL personnel being notified by Penske that the broken tubes were hazardous waste.
Waste Management of Texas, Inc.
In 1997, following Waste Management’s publication of false statements about TDS and its landfill, TDS sued Waste Management for defamation and other claims. In 2010, a jury found in favor of TDS and awarded $5.45 million in actual damages and $20 million in exemplary damages, finding that Waste Management had knowingly published false and defamatory statements about TDS and its Creedmoor, Texas landfill in 1997 after TDS received approval from the San Antonio City Council, but before the contract was signed for a 30-year landfill disposal and transfer station contract, and during the decision making process for a City of Austin 30 year disposal and recycling services contract.