High Court Mulls $42M Shell, Railroads Superfund Case

Law360 (February 24, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Lawyers for Shell Oil Co. and for Union Pacific Railroad Co. and Burlington Northern and Sante Fe Railway Co. argued Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court that they should be responsible for only a small portion of the cleanup costs at a Superfund site near Bakersfield, Calif., and not for the full $42 million.

Kathleen M. Sullivan, a partner with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP who represents Shell, said that knowledge of waste being disposed of is not sufficient for a company to be...
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