Handling environmental and toxic tort cases is a fundamental part of our practice. In Minnesota and around the country, Greene Espel defends lawsuits, offers compliance counseling, and provides guidance through legal and regulatory quagmires.
Superfund, RCRA, TSCA, and MERA Remediation
We have handled disputes over many remediation sites. For example, we represented a Fortune 500 company against Superfund, RCRA, MERA, and various common law claims involving contamination at a former railyard. On behalf of a Nebraska manufacturing company, we obtained indemnification from a major petroleum company for its prior contamination of the property. We represented a titanium dioxide company with two neighboring facilities in Ohio in multiple mediations, arbitrations, and lawsuits. For a client involved with one of the biggest Superfund sites in the nation, we negotiated settlements and allocation agreements involving adjoining properties, indemnity issues, successor owners, response actions, interim and permanent funding agreements, landfill RCRA compliance issues, on-site TSCA issues associated with past releases of PCBs, and natural resource damage allegations.
On behalf of a major refinery faced with state and federal, civil, criminal, and media investigations, we negotiated compliance agreements, assisted with internal audits, and represented the company in resolving issues that had spread over several years.
Class Actions and Neighborhood Nuisance Lawsuits
We have represented owners and operators of refineries in individual and putative class action lawsuits by neighbors alleging personal injury and property damage or diminution in value allegedly arising out of air emissions, odors, and releases to groundwater.
We defended an electric utility faced with noise nuisance claims by neighbors of an electrical substation, and successfully resolved the claims.
Landlord Claims Against Tenants
Industrial tenants in Minnesota, Ohio, and Illinois have turned to Greene Espel to help them resolve landlord claims for indemnity, breach of lease agreements, and response actions.
Rule-Making and Challenges to Ordinances and Rules
Greene Espel lawyers have represented industry clients in rule-making proceedings and have also initiated court challenges to ordinances and regulations for preemption or invalidity.
When permitted industries have had to respond to citizen suits for alleged noncompliance with permits or regulations, Greene Espel has successfully defended the industries.
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