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Bean v. Southwestern Waste Management Corp.

Significance, Waste Management In Houston, Laches And State Action, Impact, Further Readings


Margaret Bean and other Houston residents


Southwestern Waste Management Corp.

Plaintiff's Claim

That a decision to issue a permit for a solid waste facility constituted racial discrimination in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Linda McKeever Bullard

Chief Defense Lawyer

Sim Lake




Houston, Texas

Date of Decision

21 December 1979


Found in favor of Southwestern and denied a preliminary injunction against the facility siting decision.

Related Cases

  • Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886).
  • Gomillion v. Lightfoot, 364 U.S. 339 (1960).
  • Washington v. Davis, 426 U.S. 229 (1976).
  • Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Corp., 429 U.S. 252 (1977).

Additional topics

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