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On March 31, 2021, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a district court decision interpreting the term “claim” in an indemnification agreement to require some threat of suit or assertion of liability under Minnesota law. Finding that mere notice of potential liability failed to meet that standard, the Court held that under the terms of the agreement, the buyer, Wisconsin Central, Ltd. (“Wisconsin Central”), must indemnify a seller, Soo Line Railroad Company (“Soo Line”), for liability arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). Wisconsin Central LTD v. Soo Line Railroad Co., No. 19-3129 (7th Cir. Mar. 31, 2021). Read More »

On October 18, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit in California contending that particulate matter in diesel fuel combustion exhaust is a hazardous waste and therefore subject to the requirements of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  If the Court agrees, then the world of environmental law and regulation is likely to be turned upside down. Read More »