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Taylor Garbage Service Issues Apology for Price Collusion Following Settlement

The company and its competitor Bert Adams Disposal Inc. worked to fix prices and rig bids.

Taylor Garbage Service Inc. recently settled with New York State for price fixing and bid rigging, a scheme that the company is calling a “regrettable mistake.” As part of the settlement, Taylor Garbage will pay the state $500,000 in civil penalties, and the company’s majority owner Robert Taylor will pay an additional $50,000.

From July 2014 until May 2016, Taylor Garbage and its competitor Bert Adams Disposal Inc. fixed prices and worked together to decide which company would offer a lower bid or price quote, according to the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. During that two-year period, customers in Broome County paid artificially high prices.

Taylor Garbage has issued an apology in regards to this incident, and Bert Adams Disposal, along with majority owner Elbert Adams, have pleaded guilty in Broome County Court to violating the Donnelly Act. The company will pay $850,000 in criminal penalties, and Adams will pay $75,000. Adams and employee Christopher Kline will also each pay an additional $37,5000 in criminal penalties.

Pressconnects.com has more:

A day after settling with New York State for price fixing and bid rigging, Taylor Garbage Service Inc. — one of the largest private waste disposal companies in the region — called the price-fixing scheme a "regrettable mistake."

The company and its competitor, Bert Adams Disposal Inc., worked to fix prices, deciding between them who would offer a lower bid or price quote, according to the New York attorney general's office. The practice over a two-year period from July 2014 until May 2016 meant Broome County consumers paid artificially high prices, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Monday.

Taylor Garbage responded in a statement on Tuesday afternoon through public relations consultant Stephen J. Donnelly.

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