Allan Gerlat, News Editor

December 17, 2012

1 Min Read
Canadian Competition Bureau Drops Charges Against Progressive Waste

The Canadian Competition Bureau has dropped charges against Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. for alleged breaches of a consent agreement.

The Ottawa-based Competition Bureau said in a news release said that shortly after the charges were filed that the bureau became aware of a procedural error, in which certain information subject to solicitor-client privilege had been inadvertently shared with bureau investigators and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

“The bureau is aware of steps taken by Progressive to improve its systems to comply with the consent agreement, including its systems for reporting accurately to the bureau on a timely basis,” the bureau said. “The bureau has concluded that it is no longer appropriate to continue court proceedings in this case.”

The Competition Bureau said that Progressive violated the agreement reached with the bureau in 2010 on its merger of IESI-BFC Ltd. and Waste Services Inc. The bureau charged that the Vaughan, Ontario-based Progressive violated the agreement by reacquiring a customer whose contract had been divested under the agreement, as well as false declaration of compliance and failure to notify that the contract had been breached.

"We are pleased with the Competition Bureau’s decision," said Chaya Cooperberg, vice president, investor relations and corporate communications for Progressive, in an e-mail. "We take our obligations under the consent agreement very seriously and are committed to upholding them."


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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