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Contract Nuance Keeps Arco In Mont. CERCLA Suit

Law360 (April 12, 2019, 5:50 PM EDT) -- A Montana federal judge refused to let Atlantic Richfield Co. out of Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. LLC's suit seeking to recover cleanup costs for a former aluminum production site, deciding a 1985 agreement was too vague to immediately settle the issue in Arco's favor.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy said Thursday that both companies were absolutely sure of their diverging interpretations of Arco's liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. The agreement, however, had enough room for interpretation that Judge Molloy said it was wrong to immediately limit Arco's liability and grant its request to let it...

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July 13, 2018

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