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Corporate Law

Tamko Roofing Prods., Inc. v. Smith Eng'g Co.

The court upholds a lower court decision refusing to hold a manufacturer of pollution control devices liable for the actions of one of its subsidiaries. A company who purchased pollution control devices from the subsidiary filed suit...

Johnson v. United States

The court holds that an individual lacks standing to bring a Fifth Amendment takings claim against the government on behalf of a corporation because he failed to maintain his shareholder status throughout the litigation. The individual...

Tosco Corp. v. Communities for a Better Env't

The court holds that, applying the "place of operations" test, a district court lacks federal diversity jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1332 to hear a manufacturer's slander, libel, malicious prosecution, and equitable relief claims...

Commissioner v. RLG, Inc.

The court holds that the sole officer and shareholder of a company is not personally liable for the company's environmental violations under the "responsible corporate officer" doctrine. Case law requires some evidence of knowledge,...

AT & T Global Info. Solutions Co. v. Union Tank Car Co.

The court holds that a grandparent corporation is derivatively liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for its subsidiary's actions in arranging for the disposal of toxic waste at...

Bedford Affiliates v. Sills

The court holds that a landowner that is a potentially responsible party (PRP) under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) §107(a) cannot maintain a §107(a) action against another PRP, but can...

North Shore Gas Co. v. Salomon, Inc.

The court holds that the equitable doctrine of successor liability applies under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). In 1941, a coke company sold its interest in a mineral processing...

Andritz Sprout-Bauer, Inc. v. Beazer E., Inc.

The court denies a landowner's motion for partial summary judgment on claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Pennsylvania Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (PaHSCA) against a...

United States v. Bestfoods

The U.S. Supreme Court holds that a parent corporation that actively participated in, and exercised control over, the operations of a subsidiary may not be held liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...

United States v. High Point Chem. Corp.

The court holds that the federal government alleged sufficient facts in its pleadings to show that a nonpolluting corporation and an officer could be held liable as operators under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...