High Court Lets Shell Off Hook For Superfund Cleanup

Law360, New York (May 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Shell Oil Co., which shipped pesticides for many years to an agricultural chemical distributor located near Bakersfield, Calif., cannot be held liable for any cleanup costs associated with the Superfund site even though it knew spills would occur, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In overturning a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the high court also found that two railroads, which leased land to now-defunct chemical distributor Brown & Bryant Inc., are only responsible for a small portion of the...
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