Summary Judgment Granted on Contribution Bar Defense
A chemical company that previously settled its alleged liability found itself in court again for the same contamination. Paladin filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the new plaintiff had notice and opportunity to oppose the good faith settlement determination and that the new claim was barred under § 877.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure. The court agreed and granted summary judgment.
Paladin Settles Dry Cleaning Contamination Case
After years of litigation with the former owners and operators of a dry cleaning plant and their insurers, a highly contested and complex environmental contamination case has finally come to a close. Paladin's insurance archaeology efforts identified the historic insurance assets. Extensive investigation activities ensued and, once the parties were comfortable with the total cost of cleanup, a settlement was reached providing sufficient funds for the cleanup.
Stone Featured at Groundwater Law Conference
Bret Stone was part of panel on Strategies to Address Major Groundwater Contaminant Plumes at the upcoming Groundwater Law Conference at Loyola Law School. For more information, click here.
Court Holds Insurer has Duty to Defend in Rev 973 Case
One of Paladin's policyholder clients recently obtained a ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held that Wilshire Insurance Company has a duty to defend a lawsuit entitled, Rev 973, LLC v. Mouren-Laurens et al., CV 98-10690-DSF (Ex), alleging liability against thousands of potentially responsible parties for environmental contamination. Wilshire had argued that there could be no potential for coverage and thus no duty to defend its insured because the claims asserted against him do not allege an “accident” as required by the policies and are excluded from coverage by the qualified pollution and the handling of property exclusions contained in the policies. The court rejected these arguments. To read more, click here.
Pro Bono Brownfields Deal Closes for Bike Coalition
Long-time bike commuter, Bret Stone, provided pro bono legal support to help the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition purchase the property that houses its community cycling center and DIY bike repair shop. The Brownfields site had been contaminated by historic dry cleaning operations. Stone negotiated the transaction and related environmental protections to a successful close. To read the article in the Santa Barbara Independent, click here.
John Till Featured at Environmental Law Section Seminar
Paladin Managing Partner, John Till, led a discussion regarding the implementation of AB 440 legislation to redevelop contaminated properties in urban blighted areas. The Sacramento County Bar Association Environmental Law Section underwrote the event.
Lycett Featured in Stormwater Webinar
Paladin’s Jon Lycett was a featured speaker for a webinar entitled “Managing Risk Amid Changing Storm Water Regulations.” Topics covered included an exploration of evolving compliance requirements related to updated Municipal (MS4), Industrial, and Construction General Storm Water Permits and best practices for managing risk.
Bret Stone addresses Property Management Plans at CALED Conference in Long Beach
The California Association for Local Economic Development ("CALED") is California’s premier economic development association. Paladin participated in a session entitled "A Survivor’s Guide to AB1484 Post-Compliance – Are Property Management Plans a Backdoor to Economic Development?" The session covered in detail how property management plans can be developed to contribute to economic development efforts. In particular, Bret Stone discussed the challenges Successor Agencies have in preparing their PMPs in relation to AB1484's requirement of inventoring the history of environmental contamination. The talk also included strategies for selling contaminated former RDA properties. For more information about the conference, click here.
Paladin wins Climate Leader award from California Air Resources Board
Paladin Law Group is proud to announce that it has been recognized as a Climate Leader award winner for the 3rd CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards. The CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards recognize California small businesses that took action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, promoted climate friendly practices and integrated the tools on CoolCalifornia.org into their business operations. For more information about CoolCalifornia.org, click here.
Stone Named as Who's Who in Clean Tech & Sustainability
For the fourth year in a row, Bret Stone was recognized for his work in environmental and sustainability law and policy by the Pacific Coast Business Times. The list chronicles the efforts of leaders in areas related to the new energy economy, green building, and other aspects of sustainability.
Bret Stone Selected as a Who’s Who in Professional Services by the Pacific Coast Business Times
For the sixth straight year, Bret Stone has been recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times for his work.