Maybe I've been following bag ban lawsuits for too long, but when I read this story today I chuckled. According to The Beach Reporter, the former city attorney in Manhattan Beach, Calif., plans to file a lawsuit against the city. He's upset that he's not being credited with winning the landmark case that allows the city to ban plastic bags. Former city attorney Robert Wadden was terminated in April. Then, earlier this month, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city in the bag ban case. "Their argument in firing me was that I was not competent. But you have to be fairly competent to win a Supreme Court case," Wadden told The Beach Reporter, a weekly newspaper in Manhattan Beach. Wadden, who is 62 and worked for the city for more than 15 years, says he plans to file an age discrimination case, and he is seeking at least $155,000 in severance. According to the local story:
The city's elected leaders have applauded the ruling as a major victory for Manhattan Beach, but excluded mentioning Wadden in public remarks. His name was not included in a press release issued shortly after the ruling was announced, nor was it mentioned during a brief ceremony marking the victory at the most recent City Council meeting. Wadden believes the lack of public recognition is intentional.I guess the city could have saved itself some embarrassment by mentioning Wadden in their press release. Now the courts may have to decide who gets credit for winning the bag suit!