Judge Weighs Paper Co.'s Liability In $700M River Cleanup

Law360, New York (December 20, 2011, 2:21 PM EST) -- A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday ruled that Appleton Papers Inc. may be held liable for some of the $700 million in environmental damages at Fox River, the country's biggest Superfund site, because API explicitly agreed to assume such liability when buying the company in 1978.

The denial of API's motion for summary judgment was a reversal by U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach, who said in July that it was unlikely that API had successor liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act....
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