Waste Company Sues Lawyers over Failed Appeal

Allied Waste North America and its BFI Waste Services subsidiary are suing their attorneys Linda Mowles and Deborah Stevens of Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop for negligence and breach of contract. According to the Nashville Post, the companies had to pay Metro Nashville $7.2 million following a fire that destroyed a downtown thermal plant. The attorneys helped file an appeal, which was denied on all counts by the Tennessee Supreme Court. The lawsuit now alleges Mowles and Stevens did not communicate with the companies about a strategy before filling the appeal, specifically stating that the attorneys' exclusion of expert testimony related to the value of the thermal plant was detrimental to the case. An attorney representing Lewis King said the firm disputes the allegations and plans to defend itself in court.