Are You Responsible for Costs of Cleaning Up Contamination You Don't Cause?

February 27, 2015
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SITUATION

  • 1990: Owner 1 buys undeveloped, pristine commercial property.
  • 1993: Construction is completed on a new shopping center.
  • 1994: Owner 1 leases space in the new center to ABC Dry Cleaners for 10 years.
  • 1994 to 2004: ABC’s storage and use of hazardous chemicals during its lease cause environmental contamination to the property.
  • 2005: Owner 2 purchases the shopping center; no further contamination occurs during its ownership.
  • 2010:

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