OfficeMax Can't Shake $31M Lumber Mill Cleanup Row

Law360, New York (September 19, 2013, 1:15 PM ET) -- A California judge on Wednesday rejected OfficeMax Inc.'s bid to shut down a suit seeking contributions to $31 million in cleanup costs at a polluted lumber mill site, saying a sale contract with Georgia-Pacific LLC did not clearly transfer future liability.

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick rejected OfficeMax's bid for summary judgment, saying the company is mistaken in claiming that it cannot be held liable for cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act because that statute was enacted in 1980,...
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