Dry Cleaning Machine Cos. Not Liable Under RCRA: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (August 1, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled that the manufacturers of dry cleaning equipment did not have an active enough role in the disposal of hazardous dry cleaning chemicals at two California strip malls to be sued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The court affirmed a district judge's decision to throw out a property owner's RCRA claims against the machine makers, finding that the companies were not liable for environmental damage to the property. 

The plaintiff, Hinds Investments LP, owns two California strip malls that...
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