OfficeMax Denies It Owes Georgia-Pacific In $31M Cleanup Row

Law360, New York (June 25, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT) -- OfficeMax Inc. asked a California judge on Monday to toss a Georgia-Pacific LLC suit demanding contribution to $31 million in cleanup costs at a polluted lumber mill site, saying the company assumed all future liabilities when it bought the site from OfficeMax's predecessor.

OfficeMax says that while the 1973 agreement assigning future liability at a Fort Bragg, Calif., lumber mill to Georgia-Pacific preceded the establishment of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act in 1980, the Ninth Circuit has held that contracts predating the act...
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