Consent Decree Upheld In Maine Contamination

Law360, New York (July 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a consent decree that allocated responsibility for the contamination of a Maine riverbed and has denied a request by nonsettling parties to overturn the agreement.

In a decision handed down on July 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit refused to grant a motion filed by the third- and fourth-party defendants in the case, including Centerpoint Energy Resources Inc. and Honeywell International Inc.

The ruling upheld a five-year-old consent decree dividing responsibility for the contamination between defendant...
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