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Wehner v. Syntex Corp.

ELR Citation: 16 ELR 20406
Nos. No. C-85-20383-WAI, 24 ERC 1160/(N.D. Cal., 12/20/1985)

In an action under §107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act to recover response costs from the corporate parent of a hazardous substance generator, the court holds that the parent corporation is not entitled to summary judgment on jurisdictional grounds. Initially, the court rules that a Missouri federal court's dismissal without prejudice of the parent corporation in a similar lawsuit for lack of personal jurisdiction does not bar relitigation of plaintiff's claim. The court denies defendant's motion for summary judgment, holding that the complex issues of law and fact involved in consideration of whether defendant is liable for its subsidiaries' actions under the alter ego doctrine require full discovery and trial.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Murry A. Marks
2025 S. Brentwood, Suite 207, St. Louis MO 63144
(314) 961-2232

Arnold Levin, Laurence S. Berman
Levin and Fishbein
320 Walnut St., Suite 600, Philadelphia PA 19106
(215) 592-1500

Alan Kanner
1718 Locust St., Philadelphia PA 19103
(215) 546-6661

Counsel for Defendants
Robert J. Driscoll
Stinson, Mag & Fizzell
920 Main, P.O. Box 19251, Kansas City MO 64141
(816) 842-8600

Paul S. Brown
Brown, James & Rabbitt, P.C.
705 Olive St., Suite 1100, St. Louis MO 63101
(314) 421-3400

George Weisz
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
One State Street Plaza, New York NY 10004
(212) 344-0600

John J. Cole
Armstrong, Teasdale, Kramer & Vaughan
611 Olive St, Suite 1900, St. Louis MO 63101
(314) 621-5070

W. Munro Roberts Jr., Ted L. Perryman
Roberts, Perryman & Bomkamp, Inc.
1015 Locust St., Suite 700, St. Louis MO 63101
(314) 421-1850

Joseph M. Spivey III
Hunton & Williams
707 E. Main St., Richmond VA 23212
(804) 788-8200