Environmental

CERCLA Allocation

We meld the law with science to create the most defensible allocation possible for our clients. The proof is in the numbers. Our environmental liability allocation attorneys have more than one hundred years of experience on Superfund sites. We’ve achieved favorable allocations of liability in environmental disputes in fourteen states across the U.S., have experience on more than forty-five Superfund sites and have provided expert witness services in over sixty-five cases. Our innovative problem-solving and award-winning Superfund case management techniques make us one of the most trusted and renowned teams in the region and country for mediation, arbitration and expert witness services.

Our team is well-versed in all key components of liability allocation, including:

  • Gore factors and case law allocation factors
  • Divisibility of harm
  • Site history reconstruction
  • Waste stream reconstruction
  • Potentially responsible party investigation
  • Transactional database management
  • Environmental forensics
  • Fate and transport
  • Cause and effect analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Remediation cost causation
  • Damages/financial analysis

Leaders in high-stakes, high-profile matters

With decades of experience dealing with CERCLA, RCRA, and state controlled hazardous waste sites, our team is distinguished by ground-breaking allocation methodologies and de minimis settlements, precedential approaches to complex Superfund settlements, and innovative procedures for remedial cost estimation, settlement risk management mechanisms and associated pricing of settlements. Preti Flaherty attorneys have litigated, negotiated and mediated very high stakes injunctive and cost recovery matters, including land-based owner/operator and generator sites as well as sediment and riverine sites.

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

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Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...

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6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...