Role Of Contracts, Ownership In AISLIC Trial And Beyond

Law360, New York (June 8, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT) -- The final phase of a bench trial just concluded before Judge A. Howard Matz in the Central District of California and is under submission. The case is a rarity these days — a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) matter tried to its conclusion — and therefore stands to create important precedent, particularly as to the government’s allocation of liability when its own contractor’s actions led to contamination at a site.

The site in question, located in Santa Clarita, Calif., was home to operations...
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