The Supreme Court on Monday put restrictions on companies that want to voluntarily clean up their polluted land and sue former owners to share the costs. The Court ruled 7-2 against a company that bought Texas land and later went to court to recover some of the $5 million it spent cleaning up pollution there. Justices said the company improperly tried to use the Superfund law to sue. But the Court left open the possibility that another part of the Superfund law could permit such lawsuits.
Supreme Court Limits Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits
The Associated Press
December 13, 2004