GE, Others Must Face Contamination Suit, Calif. Court Rules

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (August 8, 2017, 8:59 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has revived the Orange County Water District's lawsuit seeking damages from General Electric, Sabic Innovative Plastics and several other companies for alleged groundwater pollution, saying a lower court was wrong to have dismissed the case.

The panel on Friday overturned a lower court judge who said the district could not sue the companies for "contribution or indemnity" under the the state Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substances Account Act, or HSAA — a counterpart to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA  — because the district could not prove it was jointly liable for remediation costs....

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