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Sixth Circuit Affirms Arbitrator’s Decision In Environmental Remediation Matter

by Carlton Fields on

The Sixth Circuit has affirmed an order confirming an arbitration award regarding indemnification obligations for environmental cleanup owed by William Farley toward the Eaton Corporation arising out of the 1986 sale of an...more

Spate of Suits Brought by California Communities for Sea Level Rise May Change Landscape of Climate Change Litigation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A recent trio of cases filed in California state court seek to hold major fossil fuel companies liable for the effects of sea level rise they allege to be caused by climate change....more

Property Needs Environmental Cleanup? Don't Scrap It, SCAP It!

by Lewitt Hackman on

Property owners in California may have access to state funds for environmental cleanup of smaller brownfields projects. The money comes from two pieces of environmental legislation passed in 2014....more

RCRA Corrective Action Liability: Can it be Imposed on a Company that Never Owned or Operated the Facility?

by Williams Mullen on

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling that will have a significant impact on business transactions involving property subject to a permit or corrective action obligations under the Resource Conservation...more

Owner Means Owner: Tenth Circuit Finds US Liable Under CERCLA Based on Title in Lands Subject to Unpatented Mining Claims

by WilmerHale on

The Tenth Circuit on July 19, 2017, in Chevron Mining, Inc. v. United States, reversed a decision by the District Court for the District of New Mexico and held that the United States is liable as an “owner” under the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

Despite “As Is” Basis, Seller Allocated Liability Under Superfund for Failure to Address Contamination of Property

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

A federal court recently found the City of Fairbanks, Alaska responsible for 55% of the remediation costs necessary to clean up property it used to own because it should have taken action to mitigate the harm or warn the...more

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

by Dentons on

The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a parent company may be liable to third parties in negligence for the acts or omissions of its subsidiary....more

Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for...more

Pharmaceuticals in The Environment: What will EU Environment Roadmap Mean for Pharmaceuticals?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 28 April 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published a “roadmap” on the strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment, particularly in the aquatic environment. Concurrently, the EC launched a 12-week...more

China Increases Focus on Electronic Waste

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As a world leader in the manufacturing of electronic devices, China is beginning to reform its rules and regulations to ensure that the resulting framework is able to keep pace with the rapid developments now taking place in...more

De vervuiler van bodemverontreiniging betaalt niet meer? (Dutch)

by Dentons on

The polluter pays (we always thought). No, for soil contaminants that originated before 1987 (the so-called 'historical pollutants'), this point of departure does not last long. Since 2006, the Land Protection Act has entered...more

Tenth Circuit Finds CERCLA Contribution Claim Not Barred by Bankruptcy Approval of a Settlement Estimating Liability for the Site

Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution action, the Tenth Circuit ruled that a mining company, whose...more

The Cost of Maine VRAP Protection to Increase

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The cost to obtain liability protection under Maine’s very popular Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) will soon increase. Effective January 1, 2018, the cost of Maine DEP assistance in reviewing a voluntary response...more

U.S. Department of Justice Prohibits Settlement Agreements Involving Payments to Third Parties, May Impact Resolution of...

In a memorandum dated June 5 and entitled “Prohibition on Settlement Payments to Third Parties,” the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an important new policy that will likely limit the ability of settling...more

Converting Environmental Liabilities to Assets: Repurposing Inactive and Abandoned Mine and Mineral Processing Sites

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Under the Brownfields Law of 2002, EPA and other federal agencies have established a variety of programs focused on promoting and funding the repurposing of abandoned mine lands (AMLs), broadly defined as lands, waters, and...more

Environmental Notes - May 2017

by Williams Mullen on

The Clean Power Plan (“CPP”), and its companion new source review rule, is the Obama Administration’s signature regulation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Among other things, it requires states to put...more

Can Discharges to Groundwater Trigger Clean Water Act Liability

by Williams Mullen on

It’s a bad day when you find out that your facility has been leaking wastewater, wastes, petroleum product or chemicals. But if the leak went into the soil and the groundwater first, rather than a nearby creek, are you liable...more

H&S, regulatory & employment issues for UK construction businesses – a round-up

by Dentons on

Welcome to our Spring 2017 round-up of issues relevant to UK construction businesses. Each of the summaries below links to a recent article from colleagues specialising in health and safety, regulatory or employment law....more

When is an Environmental Contamination Claim Too Old to Extend the Limitation Period?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

40 to 60 years may be too old when determining whether to extend a limitation period for a negligence-based environmental contamination claim, the court recently ruled in Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP (Carma Developers...more

East Hampton Considers New Laws Mandating Nitrogen-Reducing Sanitary Systems and Offering Rebates to Replace Existing Systems

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Town Board of the Town East Hampton (“Town Board”) is considering progressive new legislation that will require advanced nitrogen-reducing sanitary systems for all new commercial and residential construction and major...more

CERCLA’s Statute Of Limitations Doesn’t Preempt State Law Claims Based Largely On Negligence, Nuisance And Trespass

On March 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling affirming the District Court’s rejection of Virginia common law property damage claims based largely on negligence, nuisance, trespass, and argument...more

No English jurisdiction over Nigerian oil pollution claims against Shell

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In a highly mediatised ruling, the English High Court refused jurisdiction over claims brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, by over 42,000...more

5 tips for environmental due diligence in business transactions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Virtually all business transactions involve some level of environmental risk. The key is to identify all of the potential risks and collect sufficient information about them early in the due diligence period of a transaction....more

Lawsuit Proceeds Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last year, we told you about a lawsuit brought by three California cities against Monsanto Company, alleging that Monsanto is liable for PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The cities—San Jose,...more

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