ConocoPhillips Shakes Cleanup Suit Over Contractor Work

Law360, New York (October 1, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Sunday tossed the U.S. government's suit seeking to recover cleanup costs from ConocoPhillips Co. for a defense rockets plant that the company's predecessor used under Air Force contracts in the 1950s.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. granted ConocoPhillips' motion to dismiss, saying that its predecessor Phillips Petroleum Co. had performed the work under contracts with the government that shielded it from liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, which was enacted in 1980.

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