Anschutz Can't Dodge Asarco Suit Over $80M Mine Cleanup

Law360, New York (October 1, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT) -- A Missouri federal judge on Friday ruled that Anschutz Mining Corp. must face a suit seeking contribution for an $80 million mine cleanup levied against Asarco LLC as part of its bankruptcy reorganization, quashing Anschutz’s second attempt to dismiss Asarco’s indemnification suit.

U.S. District Judge John A. Ross ruled that Asarco’s amended complaint survives because the company succeeded in showing that Anschutz, which owned one of the southeastern Missouri mines where Asarco allegedly polluted, had responsibility for the mine.

"Taking all reasonable inferences in favor of...
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