Cases to Watch: Supreme Court Could Address Key Cost Recovery Issue in Morrison Enterprises

By Keri L. Holleb Hotaling, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP When the Supreme Court returns from its summer recess on September 26 to select cases for review this fall, it is likely to consider taking up Morrison Enterprises, LLC v. Dravo Corp . The question presented is: Whether a party that...

CERCLA Claims Against Environmental Contractor Allowed To Proceed

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A federal district court refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging CERCLA liability on the part of several environmental contractors that performed an environmental assessment and cleanup of a contaminated property. In Bancorpsouth Bank v. Environmental...

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...

Jenner & Block: Corporate Purchaser Not Liable to the Government for CERCLA Liability; Former Operator Must Begin Cleanup

By Gabrielle Sigel, Partner, Jenner & Block In long-running litigation regarding one of the costliest Superfund cleanups in the country, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin reversed a decision it reached just 5 months earlier and found that Appleton Papers Inc. ("API"...

Court Grants Summary Judgment in Maryland Square Vapor Intrusion Case

By Lawrence Schnapf, Principal, Schnapf LLC We have been periodically posting updates on the progress of the landmark Voggenthaler v Maryland Square, LLC vapor intrusion case from Las Vegas, Nevada. In the most recent ruling, the court granted the motion for summary judgment filed by the Nevada Department...

Jenner & Block: Section 113 or 107? Supreme Court Declines to Clarify CERCLA Cost Recovery Options

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court decided United States v. Atlantic Research Corp. in 2007, CERCLA PRPs and courts have been struggling with a crucial question: Whether parties subject to a consent decree may file claims for cost recovery under...

William A. Ruskin: Did the Supreme Court's 2009 BNSF Decision Change CERCLA Cost-Recovery Practice?

By William A. Ruskin The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. v. United States , 129 S. Ct. 1870 (2009) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], examined two unsettled areas of CERCLA: (1) the proof necessary to establish whether a PRP has "arranged...

Jenner & Block: Seventh Circuit “Clarifies” Position On CERCLA 113 v. 107 Claims

On July 31, 2013, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an Amended Opinion in the case of Bernstein v. Bankert , Nos. 11-1501 and 11-1523. As discussed previously in this blog , the Seventh Circuit's original opinion addressed, among other things, the circumstances in which a plaintiff can...

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Review 7th Circuit CERCLA Case

By Allison A. Torrence The U.S. Supreme Court has denied cert in the widely-followed case of Bernstein v. Bankert , No. 13-568, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], declining to review the Seventh Circuit's ruling on the availability of CERCLA cost recovery and contribution...