9th Circ. Affirms Coke Win In LA CERCLA Spat

Law360, New York (March 14, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed a ruling that BCI Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles isn't liable for environmental damage in L.A. Harbor because permits the city granted don't constitute ownership under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit effectively dismisses the case against Coca-Cola and its predecessor-in-interest Pacific American Inc., which Coca-Cola bought in 1993, over the cleanup costs associated with a boat works facility at Berth 44 in Los Angeles...
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