United States v. Bestfoods
Significance, Don't Drink The Water, Shifting The Burden To The Responsible Parties, A Question Of Parenthood
CPC International Inc. (later renamed Bestfoods), Aerojet-General Corporation, Cordova Chemical Company, Cordova Chemical Company of Michigan
That CPC International was liable, under Section 107(a)(2) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) for costs of cleaning up industrial waste at a former subsidiary's chemical plant.
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas
Date of Decision
8 June 1998
That the petitioner had failed to establish CPC/Bestfoods's parental responsibility, either in a direct or derivative sense, for the environmental damage in question.
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