Federal Environmental Liability

Kean Miller LLP has a unique environmental practice that focuses on recovering CERCLA and environmental remediation costs from the federal government. The firm represents clients in the recovery of damages through contributions claims arising from federal government control of industry during World War II.

Representative Experience:

  • Representation of a major chemical company in regard to a Superfund site, a tin and copper smelting facility in Texas City, Texas, resulting in a $27,000,000 contribution from the federal government. [Amoco Chemical v. United States, Civ.A.No. 96-272, (S.D. Tex. 1996); See also Notice, 65 Fed.Reg. 32123 (2000)]

  • Representation of a Baton Rouge alumina plant in recovering remediation costs of disposal lakes, and in the recovery of millions of dollars of the clean up costs. [Kaiser Aluminum v. United States, Civ.A. No. 88-1005A., (M.D. La.)]

  • Representation of a specialty chemical company in removing a silicosis wrongful death case to federal district court and in the denial of the plaintiff’s motion to remand. [Lalonde v. Delta Field Erection, Civ.A.No. 96-3244-B-M3, (M.D. La. 1998)]

  • Successful removal to federal district court of a mesothelioma case and the denial of the plaintiff’s motion to remand. [Catania v. Acands, Inc., Civ.A.No. CV02-368-D-M1, (M.D. La. 2002)]

Areas of Experience:

  • CERCLA
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Asbestos
  • Cost Recovery Actions
  • Contribution Actions
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Federal Tort Claims Act
  • State and Federal Superfund Claims
  • Recoupment Claims
  • Federal Asbestos and Toxic Tort Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Contractual Indemnity