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California shopping center owner sues dry cleaner operators over alleged hazardous waste contamination

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By Marian Johns | Dec 10, 2019

Drycleaner

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The owners of a Mill Valley shopping center allege the past and previous owners of a dry cleaner who leased space on the property are responsible for hazardous waste contamination.

Shapiro Associates filed a complaint Nov. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Soon Tae Yang, doing business as Think Clean Cleaners, Norge Laundry Village and others alleging violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act RCCA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), California's Hazardous Substance Account Act, public nuisance, negligence and breach of lease.

Shapiro is the owner of a shopping center in Mill Valley, California and claims the present and former operators of the defendants' cleaner are responsible for impacting the site with hazardous waste including tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,2 dichloroethene (DCE) and vinyl chloride.

Shapiro seeks compensatory and consequential damages of more than $5 million, a trial by jury and all other just and proper relief. It is represented by John Till and Melanie Mariotti of The Paladin Law Group LLP in Walnut Creek, California.  

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:19-CV-07721-JSC

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