Rich Phillips Quoted in Plastic News on SCOTX Plastic Bag Ban Matter

“Texas Supreme Court looks at legality of plastic bag bans”

The plastic bag had its day in court Jan. 11, with the Texas Supreme Court hearing a widely watched case challenging the city of Laredo’s ban on thin shopping bags.

The justices and lawyers spent 45 minutes wrangling over the pros and cons of plastic bag bans and whether they’re allowed under Texas law. The case has implications for at least 10 other Texas cities with their own bag ordinances.

“With unmistakable clarity, the state legislature has declared that cities cannot pass an ordinance to ban the sale or use of a container or package for solid waste management purposes,” said Richard Phillips, a lawyer with Thompson & Knight LLP. “That’s exactly what they’ve done here.”