Environmental Litigation: Piercing the Corporate Veil, Alter Ego, and Successor Liability
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide environmental litigators with an analysis of legal theories that, in unique circumstances, allow private and government litigants to name parent corporations, shareholders, or successors in interest as responsible parties for the ongoing and historical acts of a company in violation of environmental laws--namely, piercing the corporate veil or alter ego liability and successor liability under common law and CERCLA.
- Overview of liability of corporate parents, shareholders, and successors under common law for environmental derelictions
- Piercing the corporate veil under prevailing common law doctrines
- Operator liability under CERCLA for parent corporations and managers for subsidiary's actions
- Liability arising from mergers and successions
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What issues to consider when faced with a litigant that seeks to pierce the veil of your corporate client or hold your client responsible for the actions of a predecessor
- What factors do courts look at in deciding whether to apply the alter ego and successor liability theories?
- What are some key considerations and best practices for corporations and related entities defending alter ego and successor liability claims?
Sive Paget & Riesel
Mr. Riesel has litigated a wide variety of cases which include numerous environmental matters, white collar defense,... | Read More
Mr. Riesel has litigated a wide variety of cases which include numerous environmental matters, white collar defense, civil rights, and commercial matters. His litigation has resulted in overturning Army Corps of Engineers wetland rules, vacating EPA’s promulgation of ocean dumping rules, and a dismissal of restrictions on the broad reach of RCRA citizen suits. Since 1980, Mr. Riesel has been an active participant in numerous CERCLA administrative and judicial actions, representing various Fortune 500 corporations. His litigation has resulted in the establishment of CERCLA defenses and the recovery of significant response costs. He recently successfully represented several industrial clients charged with environmental crimes. Mr. Riesel is a former Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York.Close
Sive Paget & Riesel
Mr. Warren’s practice focuses on environmental and land use litigation, environmental review of development... | Read More
Mr. Warren’s practice focuses on environmental and land use litigation, environmental review of development projects, and regulatory compliance counseling. His experience includes environmental review and permitting of development projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act; negotiation and resolution of environmental enforcement matters before state and local agencies, including under the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program; advising clients on waterfront development projects; and representing clients in litigation concerning local zoning and land use issues. Mr. Warren has also represented clients in federal litigation concerning the emerging contaminant 1,4-Dioxane. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.Close