We Put Superfund Claims Out of Their Misery
Few environmental laws are as reviled as the Superfund, and the reason is simple. The law aims to capture as many parties as possible, and those parties then often spend more time and money negotiating among themselves and with their insurers than conducting a cleanup. We think there is a better way. Our Superfund practice starts with the premise that our clients should only pay their reasonably allocated share of cleanup costs. We work to make sure that the costs of cleanup are reasonably borne, and work with consultants, other parties, and state and federal agencies to meet cleanup standards as efficiently as we possibly can.
We have a deep bench of expertise in this area, having resolved literally hundreds of claims at sites in more than 20 states. Our clients are in industries as varied as mining, manufacturing, aviation, smelting, waste management, food processing, pulp and paper, chemical manufacturing, real estate, and finance.
Our lawyers have earned a national reputation, having worked on some of the largest and most complex contaminated sites in the country, including:
- Landfills (municipal and hazardous waste);
- Manufacturing plants (refineries, manufactured gas plants, airports, smelters, railroads and rail yards, pole yards, log yards, pulp and paper plants, fertilizer plants, and chemical distribution facilities);
- Urban bays (on all three coasts, and the Great Lakes)
We have both prosecuted and defended scores of environmental insurance claims. We have resolved claims in bankruptcy (including the largest environmental bankruptcy in history), defended and prosecuted contribution actions, negotiated scores of administrative orders and consent decrees, obtained no further action letters, responded to dozens of information requests, negotiated access agreements, worked with most of the major national environmental consulting companies, negotiated indemnities, sales and acquisitions of contaminated land, obtained de minimis settlements, ability to pay settlements, prospective purchaser decrees, and gained a level of experience over many years that allows us to put these types of environmental problems to bed.
- 104(e) Responses
- Brownfields Redevelopment
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund
- Cost Recovery/Contribution Actions
- Insurance Litigation
- Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA)
- Oil Spills
- Superfund Cleanups
- UST Releases