Losing The 'Empty Chair' At Trial

It has become common practice in multi-party toxic tort litigation for co-defendants to avoid taking potshots at each other during discovery or at trial. Pursuant to this reasoning, if the defendants point fingers at each other, it will only inure to plaintiff's benefit. Therefore, it may be preferable...

William A. Ruskin: Pitfalls In Proving CERCLA Divisibility Of Harm

By William A. Ruskin In a stinging decision, the Hon. Lonny R. Suko , a federal district court judge sitting in the Eastern District of Washington, ruled on April 4, 2012, that PRP Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd. failed to prove that contamination at a CERCLA site was divisible and, as a result, will...