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The Boeing Co. seeks to recover cleanup costs associated with property formerly owned by government

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 26, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – An aerospace company alleges it has spent millions in cleanup costs on a property formerly owned by the federal government.

The Boeing Co. filed a complaint on April 18 in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, Seattle Division against United States of America citing the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 1940 and 1966, defendant owned many of the buildings, land improvements, manufacturing and support equipment and machinery at the 7755 East Marginal Way South, Seattle property that was later purchased by the plaintiff. The suit states during the defendant's ownership of the property, hazardous substances were released into the environment.

As a result, the plaintiff alleges it has suffered necessary response costs of more than $200 million to investigate and remediate contamination and $20 million in necessary response costs to investigate and take other actions to address contamination in the Lower Duwamish Waterway. 

The plaintiff seeks to recover an equitable share of past and future response costs consistent with the National Contingency Plan, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and expenses incurred, and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. It is represented by Mark W. Schneider and Meredith R. Weinberg of Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle.

U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, Seattle Division case number 2:18-cv-00567-JCC

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