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Hazardous wastes & substances

State v. California Continental Ins. Co.

A California appellate court held that a trial court erred by limiting the state's insurance coverage for cleanup costs at the Stringfellow hazardous waste site to the policy limits in effect for any one policy period. In California,...

People v. Roscoe

A California appellate court held that a lower court properly applied the responsible corporate officer doctrine to hold the corporate officers of an entity that owned an underground storage tank personally liable for violations of the...

United States v. Shell Oil Co.

The court affirms in part and reverses in part a district court decision that found the U.S. government and oil companies liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for dumping acid...

Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. v. Lodi, Cal., City of

The court holds that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) does not preempt a California city's comprehensive municipal environmental response and liability ordinance. An insurer challenged...

California v. Campbell

The court holds that the trustees of a manufacturer's estate are liable for the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination under state nuisance and environmental laws. A district court issued interlocutory orders finding the trustees liable...

Aerojet-General Corp. v. Transport Indem. Co.

The court holds that a chemical company's site investigation expenses, incurred during several private and government actions resulting from the company's hazardous waste discharges, may constitute defense costs under its comprehensive...

United States v. Iron Mountain Mines, Inc.

The court holds that defendants in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) action brought by the state of California may bring CERCLA counterclaims against the state under the recoupment doctrine...

Ulvestad v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

The court holds that California's Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act, which is modeled after the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), excludes the regulation of...

El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpio v. Kings, County of

The court rules that the final environmental impact report that resulted in issuance of a conditional use permit for the construction and operation of a hazardous waste incinerator at the Kettleman Hills site in Kings County, California...

Intel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co.

The court holds that a computer circuit manufacturer is entitled to reimbursement under its comprehensive general liability insurance policy of expenses incurred pursuant to a government consent decree requiring it to clean up toxic...