St. Louis County Counselor Pat Redington said Wednesday that the county would appeal a judge’s ruling awarding $1.16 million to three trash-hauling firms that did not land contracts when the county set up trash districts in 2008.

County Circuit Judge Barbara Wallace on Friday awarded the damages to American Eagle Waste Industries, Meridian Waste Services and Waste Management of Missouri. Wallace ruled in September that the county had breached an implied contract with the haulers when it failed to give them two years’ notice before setting up the trash districts.

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