Circuit Reverses Stance On Cleanup Costs

     PHILADELPHIA (CN) – In light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Third Circuit reversed its holding that E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., ConocoPhillips and Sporting Goods Properties could not pursue an action against the United States seeking reimbursement for the costs of cleaning up hazardous waste.

     The Supreme Court held in U.S. v. Atlantic Research Corp. that a private party may recover under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act voluntarily incurred cleanup costs from another party, including the government, without establishing liability to a third party. See ruling.

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