Contamination Case Against Drycleaning Equipment Manufacturer Dismissed

Nathan Frerichs |

DETROIT – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California recently dismissed an environmental contamination case against Hoyt Corp., a drycleaning equipment manufacturer formerly based in Wesport, Mass. The plaintiff, Hinds Investments LP, claimed Hoyt Corp. was responsible for perchloroethylene contamination on its property and was seeking damages for environmental remediation costs.
The court ruled that although Hoyt's equipment was designed to recover the chemical for reuse, Hoyt did not have any control over the tenant's operations, or involvement in installing the equipment or inspecting the disposal of the tenant's waste products. Therefore, the court stated, Hoyt could not be held liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA) or the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA). Further, the case did not meet the pleading standards set by the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal.

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Nathan Frerichs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Digital Media Director

Nathan Frerichs joined ATM as web editor in 2010. After many years working as a print writer, designer and photographer, Frerichs crossed the digital divide in 2003 and hasn’t looked back. His responsibilities now include developing and designing the three publications’ websites, e-newsletters and other new-media projects.


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