Related Practice Areas
At Meissner Tierney our environmental law practice is generally divided into two areas.
First, we have a national presence in the defense of insurance companies in complex toxic tort and related cases. In such cases, our insurer clients are in a dispute with one of their insureds regarding the applicability or scope of coverage provided in relation to the underlying environmental liability. We apply our great familiarity with these types of claims in an attempt to eliminate or limit our client's potential liability, usually based on contract or common-law principles governing general liability insurance policies.
Second, we represent business clients with respect to the reporting, investigation and remediation of environmental issues, usually on commercial property. Our attorneys have assisted the firm's business clients—both big and small—through the often complex process of navigating through the environmental laws to obtain site closure for properties with difficult contamination issues.
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- November 5, 2015
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- April 14, 2013
- The Prosecutor’s Vulture: Inconsistent MBTA Prosecution, Its Clash with Wind Farms, and How to Fix ItJanuary 4, 2013Seattle Journal of Environmental Law
Cargill, Inc. v. Ace American Insurance Company, et al.
784 N.W.2d 341 (Minn. 2010). A complex environmental insurance coverage action in which the client, a nationally renown liability insurer, obtained summary judgment in its favor, with such decision being affirmed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals and then, on other grounds, by the Minnesota Supreme Court. In doing so, Attorneys Michael Cohen and Thomas Hruz convinced the Minnesota Supreme Court to overrule a 43-year-old precedent and create new law on contribution rights between insurers as to their duty to defend an insured, all in a manner favorable to our client and insurers generally.