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American Cyanamid Company v. Capuano
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
381 F.3d 6 (2004)
The Capuano family (defendants) had a waste-hauling business. They contracted with the owner of a pig farm for exclusive rights to dispose of waste there. During this arrangement, the Capuanos selected a location for dumping, hired workers to clear trees and dig a hole, directed trucks carrying waste to the site, and arranged a payment system for the deliveries. The waste disposal contaminated the groundwater. The United States sought reimbursement for cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) from multiple parties who either owned or operated the site, transported waste to the site, arranged to have their waste transported there, or produced waste there. Several parties settled, including American Cyanamid Company (plaintiff). These companies then filed a contribution action in federal district court against multiple defendants, including the Capuanos, to recover cleanup costs. The district court found the Capuanos liable under CERCLA, and the Capuanos appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Torruella, J.)
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