Month: June 2013

Mass Ct Rules Contractual Limitation Period Unenforceable

When hiring an environmental consultant, clients are often asked to execute an engagement letter that typically addresses the pricing for the Phase 1 and other logistical information. Attached to the engagement letter will be what often looks like a pre-printed form of terms and conditions that govern the performance of the services to be provided …

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SC Appeals Ct Affirms Judgment To Golf Course Developer But Reduces Damages Award

A South Carolina appeals court affirmed a jury verdict that a seller of a 239-acre golf course in Blythewood, South Carolina had breached an environmental indemnity but reduced the damages award by the jury in Ginn-LA University Club Ltd. v. Amelia Capital III, LLC,2013 S.C. App. Unpub. LEXIS 95 (Ct. App. 2/13/13). In this case, …

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Dry Cleaner Settles Foreclosing Lender RCRA Action

We previously discussed the RCRA lawsuit filed by a bank that had foreclosed on a residential property that turned out to be impacted by contamination from an adjacent dry cleaner in Forest Park National Bank v Ditchfield.  The bank had alleged that vapors migrating from the contaminated groundwater and soil constituted an imminent and substantial endangerment …

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Ct Says NJ Brownfield Agreement Not Enough to Establish Innocent Party Status

The brownfield reforms that swept the country in the 1990s created new tools for developers of contaminated sites to help minimize their liability. Some of the reforms like the CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) liability protection are self-implementing while others such as prospective purchaser agreements, covenants not to sue or letters stating that the developer …

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