Attorney suing City of Memphis and MLGW over trash problems says his clients deserve better

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The attorney suing the City of Memphis and MLGW over trash problems said his clients deserve better.

“We’re not going to get any relief without a lawsuit,” said Frank Watson, the attorney representing the homeowners.

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Homeowners and business owners said they’re paying for a service they are not getting.

The lawsuit is for $38 million.

“Now that the city has acknowledged that this a huge problem, are they going to sit down with us and resolve this amiably to try to get people back money that they overpaid? Or are they just going to send a legal attack dog in and deflect and drag this case out?” Watson stated.

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Cordova homeowners said the trash problems in their neighborhood date back to six years.

“It’s gotten to the point where my mom’s a neat freak, so she’s a very clean person, and she’s just gotten to the point where she just started bagging it up herself and taking it to the dump herself,” said Courtney McCollough who visits her mother every day in Cordova.

Watson said the city told them they are willing to offer a rebate for a month’s worth of trash fees, but he said that’s not enough to pay for the damages.

A city spokeswoman said they do not comment on legal matters or pending litigation.