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Supreme Court Holds That CERCLA Preemption Is Inapplicable to Statutes of Repose

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), preempts statutes of limitations applicable to state-law tort actions for personal injury or property damage in certain...more

Supreme Court rules that statutes of repose may bar state tort claims under CERCLA

On June 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court, in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, ruled that an individual state’s statute of repose is not preempted by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of...more

Breaking News: SCOTUS Rules Today CERCLA Does Not Preempt State Statutes of Repose

The United States Supreme Court today ruled that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), enacted in 1980 to "promote the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites," does not...more

Supreme Court Decides CTS Corp. v. Waldburger

On June 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, No. 13-339, holding that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) does not preempt state...more

California Supreme Court to Determine Whether Retailers Must Provide Defibrillators to Treat Their Business Visitors

The California Supreme Court recently heard arguments in the case of Verdugo v. Target Corporation on an important issue that could open the floodgates to litigation for retailers and other businesses throughout California. ...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Update: Re-reading the Riot Act (again): Police liable for consequential losses under the Riot (Damages)...

As if a lecture at the Police Federation Conference from the Home Secretary wasn't enough, the police have also this week received the Court of Appeal's reading of the riot act. In a decision that opens the door for insurers...more

CERCLA’s Statutory Liability Defenses — How Strict Is CERCLA Liability?

It was no surprise that the Second Circuit in In re September 11 Ligitation recently affirmed the lower court’s ruling that contamination caused by the 9/11 attacks was within CERCLA’s “Act of War” defense. Although CERCLA...more

Massachusetts High Court Expands Strict Liability for Building Code Violations

In an April 10, 2014, decision that expressly overruled its own 15-year old precedent, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that the owner of a building used as a place for a large number of people to gather will...more

Supreme Court Rules that Landlord are Liable for Injuries to Guests of Tenants

Owners of multi-unit properties should be familiar with Section 5431.04(A)(3) of the Ohio Revised Code, which requires a landlord to, “[k]eep all common areas of the premises in a safe and sanitary condition.” At first...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice: Winter Storm Warning For Rhode Island Landlords And Business Owners

Before the next big winter storm packs a punch, if you are a landlord or business owner in Rhode Island, make sure you understand your obligation to remove snow accumulation and treat surface areas on your premises. ...more

Shutting Down a Capital City: How High Will Business Interruption Claims Go?

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, a major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk Rivet cut off water to more than 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding nine counties. The chemical leak was from a facility owned by...more

Unanimous Wisconsin High Court Sustains Broad Asbestos Exclusion That Comprehensively and Unambiguously Bars Coverage for Any...

In Phillips v. Parmelee, 2013 WI 105 (December 27, 2013), the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected the argument that a broad asbestos exclusion in a business insurance policy was ambiguous. A unanimous court ruled that a real...more

Texas High Court Set to Hear Appeal on Viability of Post-Cleanup Stigma Damages in Environmental Contamination Claim

In an issue of first impression in Texas, the state’s highest court will hear arguments in December 2013 in a case involving a party’s claim to recover stigma damages following the cleanup of environmental contamination to...more

Scope Of Appraisal Continues To Be Problematic In Texas

Despite the statement by the Texas Supreme Court in State Farm Lloyds v. Johnson that the scant precedent involving disputes about the scope of appraisal suggests that appraisals generally resolve such disputes,” both...more

Real Estate Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 4, Number 1

In This Issue: - KEEP IT CLEAN: EPA ENDORSES NEW ASTM STANDARD FOR CONDUCTING ESAS: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a rule to recognize the updated standard of the...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Summary of Nevada Law on the Economic Loss Doctrine in the Context of Commercial Construction...

The Nevada Supreme Court has addressed the economic loss doctrine in the context of commercial construction disputes in a number of cases over the past several years. Nevada’s general rule, as detailed below, is that the...more

Under Construction - September 2013: California’s Economic Loss Doctrine – Limits on Tort Recovery

In California, the economic loss rule addresses the distinction between suits in contract and tort. A contract claim can typically be pursued to recover all damages proximately caused by breach of contract, unless expressly...more

Legal Solutions, September 2013

Legal Solutions: the quarterly client newsletter from Sullivans Law: September 2013...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Tenant's Fraud Suit Against Shopping Center Landlord Based on Estimates for Real Property Taxes,...

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District reversed a trial court’s decision which dismissed a tenant’s lawsuit against a shopping center landlord based on the disparity between estimates of certain...more

Managing Risk: Liability For The Criminal Acts Of Others

There is an ever-present possibility that a land owner may be held liable in damages for the injuries and consequences of criminal acts of strangers. ...more

Australia: It's never too late - getting sued more than 20 years later

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Dymocks v Capral [2013] NSWSC 343 held an architect and supplier liable for events that happened in 1989. This case is an important reminder that contracts...more

Time-Barred Claim? Fourth Circuit Invalidates State Statute of Repose in Contamination Cases

On July 10, 2013, a divided panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERLCA or Superfund), the federal law redressing disposal of...more

Florida Court Holds Assault and Battery Exclusion Applicable to Negligence Claims

In its recent decision in Tower Ins. Co. of New York v. Blocker, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98296 (M.D. Fla. July 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider the scope...more

Know Your Rights - 10 Actions To Ensure Your Wildfire Insurance Claim is Timely and Fairly Adjusted

The recent wildfires raging through Colorado have once again proven tragic for our state. The 2013 wildfire season has already led to loss of life, property and, in many cases, revenue. For many, insurance will provide the...more

Unprecedented Flooding in Alberta, Canada: Insurance Coverage for Property Damage, Loss of Business Income and Extra Expenses

Three days of unusually heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding in Alberta, Canada. Calgary, the epicenter of Canada’s energy industry, was particularly hard hit, with flooding of the city itself and widespread loss of...more

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