Legal cases often show a company's true colors. Consider Republic Services defense of a decade of overcharges to commercial customers.
Republic issued a general denial of owing anything at all, at least to the plaintiffs. The response said:Republic claims their egregious behavior occurred too long ago to be legally compensible. They also cite that commercial customers willingly paid unauthorized charges, allowed by lax city staff as they never audited Republic's compliance with contract provisions.
- Plaintiffs’ claims and the relief sought are barred in whole or in part by the applicable statutes of limitations.
- The voluntary payment doctrine precludes Plaintiffs’ claims and the relief sought.
- Plaintiffs’ claims cannot be maintained as a class action on behalf of the putative class alleged in the Petition.
The City of San Angelo is yet to release their findings on Republic's overcharges under the commercial franchise agreement. One City Councilmember said contract negotiations were the only leverage the city had on behalf of 2,000 commercial customers. It appears this person was right in their assessment.