Corning Off The Hook In Contamination Cleanup Row

Law360, New York (August 10, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed glass and ceramics manufacturer Corning Inc. from a lawsuit over environmental cleanup costs for groundwater contamination at an industrial park, saying the company was not liable for pollution caused by its subsidiary years before their affiliation.

Maintenance tool manufacturer Precision Brand Products Inc. alleged that when Corning purchased H.W. Holding Co. in 1999, it assumed alter-ego liability for the pollution H.W. had caused on its land in the 1960s and 1970s.

“A company cannot be liable for the acts...
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