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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

PCS Phosphate Co. v. American Home Assurance Co.

A district court held that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a company in two underlying actions seeking contribution for past and future costs incurred at a PCB-contaminated site. The company had sent transformers to the...

Town of Westport v. Monsanto Co.

A district court dismissed a town's Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act claim against the corporate spinoffs of Old Monsanto, the sole manufacturer of PCBs in the United States between 1935 and...

NCR Corp. v. Transport Insurance Co.

A Wisconsin appellate court reversed in part a lower court judgment declaring that an excess umbrella policy issued to an electronics company provided coverage for the company's liability for PCB contamination of the Lower Fox River in...

Schiavone v. Northeast Utilities Service Co.

A district court held that utilities who sold used transformers to a scrap metal company in the 1970s are not liable under CERCLA or the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act. After Connecticut's environmental department...

General Elec. Co. v. Joiner

The Court holds that abuse of discretion is the proper standard by which to review a district court's decision to admit or exclude scientific evidence. The Court first holds that the court of appeals applied an overly stringent review...