NJ Senate Backs Bill Protecting Towns From Spill Suits

Law360, New York (January 7, 2016, 7:40 PM EST) -- The New Jersey Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would protect local public entities from private party lawsuits seeking cleanup costs for contamination, a proposal that business and environmental groups have said could unfairly let government polluters off the hook for damages.

Passed by the Senate in 26-11 vote, S444/2419 would prevent gamesmanship by companies looking to water down their financial responsibilities as part of the state's Spill Compensation and Control Act, supporters have suggested. The measure was inspired by state-brought litigation against companies over the contamination of the Passaic River, for which Tierra Solutions sued numerous public entities as third-party...

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