Judge Tosses Scrapyard's Lawsuit Seeking Chicago Permit

"A federal judge tossed out a lawsuit brought against the city by the owner of a controversial car-shredding operation that wants to operate on the city’s Southeast Side.

Judge Robert Dow Jr. rejected the company’s claim that its constitutional rights are being violated because Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is delaying a permit decision while environmental studies are conducted. The other arguments in the dispute are better suited for a state court, Dow wrote Tuesday.

The owner of General Iron, which is trying to force the city to issue an operating permit allowing it to open a relocated, renamed scrap-metal operation, filed suit last month seeking more than $100 million in damages due to the permit delay. The company also asked a judge to order the Lightfoot administration to issue the permit immediately."

Brett Chase reports for the Chicago Sun-Times June 29, 2021.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 06/30/2021