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Obtained Reimbursements on Claims for Environmental Cost Recovery

Over several years, we pursued claims on behalf of property owner clients to obtain reimbursement from responsible parties for the costs of environmental investigation and remediation.  In only one of the cases did litigation need to be commenced.  These efforts led to substantial monetary recoveries for our clients in 2015 and 2016.  The reimbursements were paid on claims that we brought:  on behalf of the Town of Southington, CT against General Electric Company due to GE’s historical discharge of PCB-laden wastewater from a transformer service facility into the Town’s sanitary sewer system and waste water treatment plant; on behalf of a national apartment developer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc., against the party that sold it a parcel of riverfront property in Shelton, CT, but had failed to satisfy its contractual obligation to fully remediate the property prior to closing; on behalf of Haynes Materials Company seeking reimbursement under an environmental indemnity agreement by a major supermarket company for that company’s failure to conduct assessment and remediation of pollution on properties located in Beacon Falls and Seymour, CT which properties included a former wire factory; and on behalf of a New York-based property management firm against a manufacturing company that formerly leased property located in West Haven, CT, due to the necessity for the owner to investigate and remediate contamination which was believed to have been caused by the former tenant’s activities at the property.

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