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Truck Components Inc. v. Beatrice Co.

The court holds that a Wisconsin ironworks company cannot sue its former parent corporation for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) cleanup costs resulting from actions the ironworks company...

Oyster Bay, Town of v. Occidental Chem. Corp.

The court holds several corporations liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for response costs associated with a New York landfill. The court first holds that by introducing...

United States v. Iron Mountain Mines, Inc.

The court holds that the corporate successor of a chemical company that acquired the assets of a mining company is liable for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) response costs attributable to...

Boughton v. Cotter Corp.

The court holds that plaintiffs in a toxic tort case were not entitled at trial to be certified as a class for medical monitoring, to depose an attorney for the defendant uranium mill, or to present evidence of their fear of contracting...

Leo v. Kerr-McGee Chem. Corp.

The court holds that under New Jersey law, a successor corporation is not liable for toxic torts arising from contamination created by the predecessor's operations at a facility that the successor did not acquire. Two sisters brought an...

Chaveriat v. Williams Pipe Line Co.

The Seventh Circuit upholds a district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant prior owner of a petroleum carrying pipeline on plaintiffs landowners' claim for nuisance damages from a 1944 leak of unleaded gasoline. In 1986,...

Kleen Laundry & Dry Cleaning Servs., Inc. v. Total Waste Management Corp.

The court holds that the buyer of assets of three business entities that had leased underground oil storage tanks from a property owner may be held liable for the property owner's hazardous waste cleanup costs as a successor to one of...

United States v. WRW Corp.

The court holds three officers and directors of a dissolved corporation, all of whom have been criminally prosecuted and one of whom is bankrupt, personally liable for a civil penalty assessed against the corporation for violations of...

New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Protection v. Gloucester Envtl. Management Servs.

The court holds that individuals owning less than a majority share of corporations charged with violations of the New Jersey Sanitary Landfill Facility Closure and Contingency Fund Act (Closure Act) may be held personally liable as "...

Soo Line R.R. v. B.J. Carney & Co.

The court holds that the owner of a Minnesota site contaminated with hazardous substances has stated a cause of action, under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Minnesota...