Environmental Law & Litigation
Federal and State Superfund
Since the adoption of the federal Superfund statute in 1980, Sive, Paget & Riesel has litigated a large number of cost recovery actions seeking to recover the costs of cleanup of hazardous substances under the Superfund law, also known as CERCLA. The firm is also active in its work on actions brought under similar state laws on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. We have also defended potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) in many government-initiated actions. The firm has a record of obtaining favorable settlements in these types of cases, often raising money from third-parties to fund cleanups or achieving cost-saving remedy modifications. We have also prosecuted cost recovery actions many times on behalf of Brownfield developers seeking to obtain reimbursement for prior contamination of a property undergoing redevelopment. We have represented numerous parties seeking to purchase property, successfully assisting them in assessing and minimizing.