Sussman

Environmental Litigation

We represent clients in a wide array of environmental litigation – Superfund, RCRA, Clean Water Act, permit appeals, citizen suit and regulatory enforcement defense, cost recovery claims, and disputes over alleged environmental contamination.

We understand the intricacies of federal and state requirements governing response, natural resources damages, product liability, and toxic tort actions. We have also litigated these actions in federal and state courts.

Representative Experience

Asbestos Defense
We have successfully defended many clients, including manufacturers and distributors of electronic equipment, furnaces, building supplies, apparel and other asbestos containing products.

CERCLA Litigation
We represented landowners in CERCLA litigation in the U.S. District Court for Oregon arising from TCE plume migrating from two separate sources onto land passed down to our clients through their parents' will.  After intensive discovery as to the responsible parties, we presented both fact and expert testimony at summary judgment hearing.  Case settled within 30 days after hearing and before ruling was issued.  Our clients recovered 100% of their attorney fees and costs.

Citizens Suit Defense
We are currently representing a landfill operator in the defense of citizen suit actions based on the Clean Water Act and RCRA.

Industrial Groundwater Contamination
We represented Cascade in Boeing v. Cascade at trial and on appeal in the 9th Circuit.  We then represented Cascade Corp. in City of Portland v. Boeing and Cascade, a $20 million claim for damages to the Portland well field. After several weeks of trial we negotiated a favorable settlement.  We continue to represent Cascade in a $30+ million, multi-decade clean up and ongoing remedial cost allocation issue with Boeing.


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