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Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Woman Cannot Face Individual Liability For Cleanup Costs, Judge Rules

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge in California on Nov. 1 dismissed a woman from a lawsuit brought by the California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) that seeks recovery of $2.5 million under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act for cleanup costs the agency incurred in remediating a site, holding that the defendant cannot be held liable individually for her role as a trustee and beneficiary of the trust that owns the property (California Department of Toxic Substances v. Dee McLemore Trust, et al., No. C 19-1116-WHA, N.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190340).
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