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E-M:/ Supreme Court Limits Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits



Michigan was one of 23 states that sided with Aviall to argued that the Superfund law, passed in 1980, allows lawsuits when companies on their own initiative seek to clean properties.  The Republican controlled Supreme Court naturally sided with the Texan polluter which was no suprise.
 
Supreme Court Limits Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits
 
The court ruled 7-2 against a company that in 1981 bought land in Texas that had been used for aircraft engine maintenance businesses and then went to court to recover some of the $5 million it spent cleaning up pollution there.

The justices said the company improperly tried to use the Superfund law to sue because the government had not demanded that the cleanup be done.
 
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