Mayer Brown Scores Significant Victory on Behalf of Cargill
6 January 2009
Mayer Brown LLP, a leading global law firm, has secured a significant victory on behalf of Cargill in the U.S. District Court in Nebraska in two consolidated mass tort cases involving more than 300 plaintiffs and potentially tens of millions of dollars in damages and clean up costs.
The plaintiffs alleged significant personal injury and property claims from groundwater contamination allegedly emanating from a former Cargill facility. In addition to these suits, the property in question is part of the Parkview Well Superfund Site, which is the subject of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation and remedial action.
Attorneys from Mayer Brown engaged in an extensive investigation focusing on the property’s previous owner, which used the property as a manufacturing operation before it was purchased by Cargill. The investigation revealed that that previous owner had regularly dumped chlorinated solvents on the ground as part of its irrigation equipment business.
Based on this evidence, Mayer Brown sought a summary judgment on the grounds that Cargill did not cause or permit the release of the chlorinated solvents and that Cargill did not know and should not have known of the contamination by the previous owner. The Court granted Cargill’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims with prejudice.
The Mayer Brown team of attorneys from Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices, was led by Mark Ter Molen, and included Rich Bulger, Chris Regan, Jaimy Hamburg, Matt Sostrin, and Alex Vincent.