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Former Total Reclaim exec headed to prison (again)

Published: January 20, 2022
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On Jan. 18, a federal judge sentenced Jeffrey Zirkle to six months in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $126,000 in restitution to the government for a tax crime. | Chodyra Mike/Shutterstock

After serving two years behind bars, former Total Reclaim owner Jeffrey Zirkle has been sentenced to another six months. This time, he pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company and dodging taxes.

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Kuusakoski’s $6 million CRT cleanup deal approved

Published: January 13, 2022
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The 131,000-square-foot space that had been leased by Closed Loop at 2200 Fairwood Ave. was cleaned up as of July 14, 2021. | Courtesy of Ensafe’s closure report.

On the final day of 2021, a judge approved Kuusakoski’s $6 million legal settlement with Ohio warehouse owners, marking a major milestone in the years-long Closed Loop CRT cleanup case.

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Walmart sued over disposal of e-scrap and other materials

Published: December 23, 2021
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According to the lawsuit, from 2015 through 2021 discarded electronics were found in Walmart compactors in over a dozen California counties. | Sundry Photography/Shutterstock

California’s attorney general and several district attorneys this week filed suit against Walmart, alleging the major retailer routinely improperly disposes of e-scrap and other hazardous waste. The company told E-Scrap News the state’s demands go beyond what’s required by law.

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Former e-scrap exec sentenced to three years probation

Published: December 2, 2021
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Regulators estimate that Recycletronics stockpiled nearly 17 million pounds of CRT materials and other scrap electronics. | nampix/Shutterstock

The former leader of Recycletronics, an Iowa e-scrap firm that amassed CRT stockpiles and failed in 2017, has been sentenced to probation for violating federal hazardous waste laws.

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Eastern Electronics Recycling owner pleads guilty to CRT crime

Published: December 2, 2021
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A former e-scrap business owner on Nov. 17 pleaded guilty to knowingly storing hazardous waste without a permit, in violation of federal law. | underworld/Shutterstock

The owner and operator of a North Carolina e-scrap company has pleaded guilty to illegally storing lead-bearing CRT materials.

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Sorting equipment firm Machinex wins patent fight with rival

Published: October 28, 2021
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On Oct. 21, Machinex and Green Machine submitted a request to end the court case, with each side paying their own legal expenses. | corgarashu / Shutterstock

Optical sorter providers Machinex and Green Machine have ended their legal battle over imaging technology patents, with Green Machine’s initial claims deemed invalid.

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Judge: Sony may have more CRT responsibility in Ohio

Published: October 14, 2021
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Ten other defendants in the Closed Loop stockpile lawsuit objected to the Sony settlement amount. | Boonchuay1970 / Shutterstock

A federal judge denied Sony’s $1.2 million settlement in the Closed Loop cleanup case, saying the dollar amount may not cover all the pounds connected to the OEM.

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Morgan Stanley: No data theft resulting from ITAD failure

Published: October 7, 2021
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The Morgan Stanley data mismanagement case continues to work its way through the court system. | wk1003mike / Shutterstock

Data that was mismanaged during Morgan Stanley’s ITAD processes has not been accessed for malicious intent, and therefore the class-action lawsuit against the financial giant should be dismissed, attorneys for the bank said in a new court filing.
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