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U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

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USA Waste Services, Inc., United Waste Services Inc.

Case Description

Joint complaint alleged that that if USA Waste’s acquisition of United Waste had gone forward as originally proposed, it would have eliminated the vigorous competition that had existed between the two companies resulting in higher prices for municipal solid waste disposal and hauling services in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. According to the complaint, the acquisition would give USA Waste control over about 60 percent of the disposal services offered to haulers of municipal solid waste generated in Allegheny County, with nearly twice the market share of the next largest firm in the area. At the same time, a proposed settlement was filed. The proposed settlement required the divestiture of a Pittsburgh-area landfill owned by Kelly Run Sanitation Inc., a subsidiary of United Waste.