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SRC won summary judgment on the City of Glendale’s behalf in its dispute with the owner and operator of a waste-to-energy facility located at the City’s landfill. The facility was initially designed to remove unsorted recyclables from the City’s municipal waste stream and, in a planned second phase, to generate energy from the waste stream. When the facility failed to properly process yard waste (comprising approximately one-third of the City’s waste stream), the owner closed the facility, claimed that the City was responsible for removing the yard waste from its waste stream, and filed a notice of claim against the City for more than $280 million in damages. In response, the City sought declaratory judgment on the parties’ respective contractual obligations and damages. After more than four years of litigation, the Court adopted the City’s interpretation of the parties’ agreement and, on August 10, 2018, entered judgment in the City’s favor awarding the City more than $554,000 in compensatory damages and pre-judgment interest and more than $3.8 million in attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses.  The SRC team was led by Cindy Ricketts and Margaret Parker with Nate Kunz and Amanda Jenkins providing invaluable assistance.