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Acushnet Co. v. Mohasco Corp.

The court affirms, but on different grounds, a district court decision dismissing corporations' contribution claim under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) against several potentially...

Axel Johnson, Inc. v. Carroll Carolina Oil Co.

The court holds that the former owner and operator of a refinery may not bring cost recovery or contribution actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) against the subsequent and...

United States v. Allied-Signal, Inc.

The court denies the entry of a proposed consent decree between the United States and four New York municipalities that defined the municipalities' individual liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...

Minyard Enters., Inc. v. Southeastern Chem. & Solvent Co.

The court holds that $200,000 awarded to a former owner whose property was damaged by an underground storage tank (UST) operator's negligence is not duplicative of the former owner's award for past and future response costs under the...

United States v. Alcan Aluminum Corp.

The court holds that the retroactive application of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) to impose liability against a company for response costs incurred at a hazardous waste site in New...

Public Serv. Co. of Colo. v. Gates Rubber Co.

The court holds that a company's cleanup of a polychlorinated biphenyl- and lead-contaminated site in Colorado was not consistent with the national contingency plan (NCP). Thus, the company is not entitled to contribution from other...

Kalamazoo River Study Group v. Rockwell Int'l Corp.

The court affirms a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer alleged to have contributed to a Michigan river's polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) contamination. An association of potentially responsible parties...

Harbor Gateway Commercial Property Owners' Ass'n v. EPA

The court holds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) listing of the Del Amo site in Los Angeles, California, on the national priorities list (NPL) was invalid. The court first holds that the proposal for listing the...

Prisco v. A & D Carting Corp.

The court affirms the dismissal of a landfill owner's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) claims against private and state defendants. The...

Grand St. Artists v. General Elec. Co.

The court holds that individual condominium owners may not assert the innocent landowner defense in their Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) action against the property's former owners. The...