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CERCLA Litigation Liability Update: New Cases, New Twists

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, April 30, 2020

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This CLE course will provide environmental counsel with a review of recent court rulings on the liability of potentially responsible parties (PRPs) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund or CERCLA). In addition, the presenters will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Superfund Site operations.


The CERCLA became law forty years ago. Since then, its contours and application have been defined not only by a significant amendment in 1984 but also decades of case law. And yet, it remains ever-evolving as courts seek to define and refine even the most basic aspects of CERCLA, from who may be a liable party to what claims may be brought and what damages can be recovered.

Listen as our panel discuss some of the more recent developments in Superfund, looking at a wide variety of decisions from the United States Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and District Courts, including cases that are groundbreaking and those that reveal some of CERCLA’s underappreciated nuances. Topics will include arranger liability, accrual of claims, sovereign immunity, preemption, statutes of limitation and allocation. In addition, the panel will discuss the effect of state and local Stay-At-Home Orders as they apply to Superfund sites and provide practical tips for performing PRPs.



  1. Superfund Liability: An Overview
  2. PRPs: Owners, Operators, Arrangers, and Transporters
  3. Accrual of Claims and Statutes of Limitations
  4. Liability Defenses: Sovereign Immunity, Preemption, and Releases
  5. Allocation/Damages
  6. COVID-19 Issues


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Determining whether an individual or company is a liable PRP
  • Evaluating the appropriate claims and applicable of statutes of limitations
  • Addressing the effects of COVID-19 on Superfund site operations


Fellers, Denise
Denise G. Fellers

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Ms. Fellers focuses her practice on environmental law, with an emphasis on litigation relating to groundwater...  |  Read More

Nwagbaraocha, Jonathan
Jonathan Nwagbaraocha

Counsel - Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability and Compliance Leader

Mr. Nwagbaraocha is currently in-house counsel at Xerox Corporation advising on various global environmental, health,...  |  Read More

Schiller, Suzanne
Shoshana Suzanne Ilene Schiller

Manko Gold Katcher & Fox

Ms. Schiller, former Chair of the ABA's Superfund and Natural Resources Damages Litigation Committee, handles a...  |  Read More

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