Duane Morris LLP Alert: New Pennsylvania Law Limits Joint And Several Liability

On June 28, 2011, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 1131 ; and in doing so, the future of joint and several liability in Pennsylvania was reduced to a list of exceptions. The new law provides that "where liability is attributed to more than one defendant, each defendant shall...

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...

California Judge Orders $1.15 Billion Fund To Remediate Lead Nuisance

SANTA JOSE, Calif. — (Mealey’s) A California judge on Jan. 8 ordered three of the defendant companies in the state’s public nuisance action against lead-paint and lead manufacturers to pay, pursuant to joint and several liability, $1.15 billion into a fund administered by the California...