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Mao v. PIERS Envtl. Servs., Inc.

Citation: 47 ELR 20022
No. CV197938, (Cal. Dist. Ct. App., 02/08/2017)

A California appellate court held that an environmental consultant hired by a lender had no duty to a prospective buyer of contaminated property. The buyer filed a negligence claim against the consultant group for an EA it performed in 2000 for her lender prior to her purchase of the property. The EA revealed no contamination. In 2005, the buyer hired the same group to perform a limited-scope update of the initial EA. In 2010, petroleum contamination was discovered. A trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the group. On appeal, the court affirmed, finding that the group owed no duty to the buyer as a contractor with the lender when it did the initial EA in 2000. The district court ruling was upheld.