From our private database of 14,000+ case briefs...
Philadelphia Electric Company v. Hercules, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
762 F.2d 303 (3d. Cir. 1985)
The Philadelphia Industrial Chemical Corporation (PICCO) operated a hydrocarbon resin manufacturing plant on its property. It sold the property to a third party, Gould, who later sold the property to the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) (plaintiff). PECO had a full opportunity to inspect the condition of the property when it made the purchase. Subsequently, Hercules (defendant) succeeded PICCO’s interest in the property, assuming all liabilities. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (PDER) then found resinous materials like those that were used by PICCO seeping into the Delaware River from the property. The PDER ordered PECO to clean up the pollution. PECO did so at an expense of $400,000. PECO brought a suit for private and public nuisance against Hercules. The district court found in favor of PECO and granted an injunction requiring Hercules to stop any further pollution. Hercules appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Higginbotham, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 199,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.