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When Does the Discovery of Historic Contamination Qualify as a “Sudden and Accidental” Release?

Many insurance policies contain a "pollution exclusion" which seeks to exclude coverage for losses arising from pollution, except in the case of a "sudden and accidental" release. "Sudden and accidental" may bring to mind a burst pipe or overturned tanker truck, but a...

Migration of Contamination Does Not Automatically Create a Single “Facility” Under CERCLA

A federal court in New York recently decided that the migration of subterranean contamination onto a neighboring property was not, by itself, a sufficient basis to hold a neighboring landowner jointly liable for remediation costs under the federal Comprehensive...

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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