In Cleanup Suit, 7th Circuit Rejects Broad View Of ‘Environmental Claim’

April 5, 2021
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that a power company’s efforts to pressure a rail company to voluntarily clean up contaminated property cannot be considered an “environmental claim” subject to a purchase contract’s indemnity clause that would allow the rail company to seek reimbursement for its cleanup costs. The March 31 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Wisconsin Central Ltd. v. Soo Line Railroad Company addresses a contract breach...

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