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94 N.J. 473 *; 468 A.2d 150 **; 1983 N.J. LEXIS 2744 ***; 13 ELR 20837; 19 ERC (BNA) 1505
STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT, v. VENTRON CORPORATION, A MASSACHUSETTS CORPORATION; WOOD RIDGE CHEMICAL CORPORATION, A NEVADA CORPORATION AND VELSICOL CHEMICAL CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS, AND ROBERT M. WOLF & RITA W. WOLF, HIS WIFE, DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS, AND UNITED STATES LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, A NEW YORK CORPORATION AND F.W. BERK AND COMPANY, INC., DEFENDANTS. and ROVIC CONSTRUCTION CO., INC., A CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, BY ITS STATUTORY RECEIVER, JOSEPH KEANE, INTERVENOR-PLAINTIFF, v. VENTRON CORPORATION, A MASSACHUSETTS CORPORATION; WOOD RIDGE CHEMICAL CORPORATION, A NEVADA CORPORATION; VELSICOL CHEMICAL CORPORATION AND F.W. BERK & CO., INC., DEFENDANTS. and MOBIL OIL CORPORATION, CHEVRON U.S.A., INC., TEXACO, INC. AND EXXON COMPANY, U.S.A., FOREIGN CORPORATIONS AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFFS, v. STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, SPILL COMPENSATION FUND, DEFENDANTS
Subsequent History: [***1]
Related proceeding at Morton Int'l v. General Accident Ins. Co. of Am., 266 N.J. Super. 300, 629 A.2d 895, 1991 N.J. Super. LEXIS 416 (App.Div., 1991)
Prior History: On certification to the Superior Court, Appellate Division, whose opinion is reported at 182 N.J. Super. 210 (1982).
State, Dep't of Environmental Protection v. Ventron Corp., 94 N.J. 254, 463 A.2d 893, 1983 N.J. LEXIS 3548 (1983)
Disposition: The court reversed an attorney fees award to one defendant corporation, but otherwise affirmed the judgment. Defendant corporations caused mercury waste to seep into a nearby creek, so they were properly held liable under the Spill Compensation and Control Act. The Act could be applied retroactively because its provisions provided for such application.
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Torts, Strict Liability, Abnormally Dangerous Activities, General Overview, Environmental Law, Hazardous Wastes & Toxic Substances, Disposal, Storage & Treatment, Real Property Law, Torts, Inherently Dangerous Activities, Factors in Determining Abnormal Danger, Business & Corporate Compliance, CERCLA & Superfund, Hazardous Substance Superfund, Administrative Proceedings & Litigation, Remedies, Damages, Governments, Legislation, Statutory Remedies & Rights, Toxic Torts, Nuisances, Strict Liability, & Trespasses, Water Quality, Negligence, Defenses, Acts of God, Toxic Substances, Effect & Operation, Amendments, Interpretation, Prospective Operation, Retrospective Operation, Police Powers, Constitutional Law, Congressional Duties & Powers, Bills of Attainder & Ex Post Facto Clause, State & Territorial Governments, Boundaries, Business & Corporate Law, Shareholder Duties & Liabilities, Piercing the Corporate Veil, Civil Procedure, Federal & State Interrelationships, Federal Common Law, Vicarious Liability, Corporations, Subsidiary Corporations, Preliminary Considerations, Enforcement, Cleanup Costs, Purchase & Sale, Duty to Disclose, Fraud & Misrepresentation, Nondisclosure, Costs & Attorney Fees, Types of Damages, Business Torts