Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, a full service corporate law firm is pleased to announce that the environmental attorney team of Dennis Harkawik and Charles Grieco have successfully recovered additional cleanup costs from responsible parties under the federal Superfund law for a site formerly owned by its client, Solvent Chemical Company, Inc. (Solvent) located in Niagara Falls, New York. The court adopted Solvent's position in its entirety in a United States District Court for the Western District of New York decision issued on May 16, 2012. (Hon. John T. Curtin §83-cv-1401C).
This recent recovery adds $5 million to the amount recovered, which now totals nearly $10 million in cleanup costs that Harkawik and Grieco have recovered from a large pool of responsible parties on behalf of Solvent. Importantly, the May 16th decision also shifts approximately 70% of all future cleanup costs to two remaining defendants who are yet to settle. Prior to the decision Solvent was responsible for nearly 100% of the cleanup costs. The state-approved cleanup agreement covering the pumping and treatment of contaminated groundwater at the Niagara Falls site will continue to operate for many years, and the shift in future cleanup liability is projected to save Solvent millions of dollars. A full case summary recapping the court rulings preceding the May 16th ruling can be found at http://www.jaeckle.com.
Dennis P. Harkawik is a partner in the Firm's Environmental and Economic & Land Development practice group. For over 30 years, Mr. Harkawik has practiced environmental law and brings significant experience in complex environmental matters including environmental litigation, permitting and enforcement proceedings before federal, state and local regulatory agencies and courts.
Charles D. Grieco is Administrator of the Firm's Environmental practice group and a partner in the Firm's Economic & Land Development practice group. Mr. Grieco concentrates his practice in environmental litigation, environmental compliance, land use planning/environmental review and municipal law. His experience in the environmental and land use areas includes environmental cost recovery litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as counseling and representing clients with respect to zoning and environmental review procedures under the State Environmental Quality Review Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP is a full-service corporate law firm headquartered in Buffalo, New York with roots dating back over a century. The Firm's clients include Fortune 500 companies, publicly and privately held businesses, financial institutions, governmental entities, universities, as well as individual business owners. For more information, visit our website at http://www.jaeckle.com.