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12.21.2004

U.S. Supreme Court Bars Contribution Lawsuits for Voluntary Cleanups Under CERCLA

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The U.S. Supreme Court, on December 13, issued a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on property owners who voluntarily clean up contaminated properties. Until the Court’s decision, a property owner who spent his or her own money to clean up pollution could file a lawsuit under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Cleanup and Liability Act (CERCLA) to recover some or all of their reasonable out-of-pocket costs from other parties responsible for the contamination, such as former owners or users of the property. View full article (PDF).