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11th Circuit Decision Follows that of Niagara v. Mohawk: Under CERCLA, Parties Who Enter Into Consent Decree with Government Are Limited to a § 113(f) Contribution Claim

Since the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided Niagara Mohawk Power Corp v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., 596 F.3d 112 (2d Cir. 2010), a number of other Circuits have followed the Second Circuit's holding that parties who enter into a consent decree with the U.S....

Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions Blog Series: Part IV – Working with Environmental Consultants

In our series highlighting the tools of environmental due diligence in real estate transactions, we've covered the basics of (1) what is "environmental due diligence," (2) what are the important environmental provisions you need in a purchase and sale contract, and...

Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions Blog Series: Part III – Environmental Site Assessments and Compliance Audits

So now you've selected your property and have a proper purchase and sale agreement in place; what do you do next?A. Protecting Yourself from Potential LiabilityUnder CERCLA (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) there is a broad...

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