This article tackles the complex question of the liability of parent corporation for the CERCLA misadventures of their subsidiaries. In 1998, the United States Supreme Court tried to resolve this complex question. In many respects, this decision was a significant step in the right direction, and the article begins by analyzing the Court’s opinion. However, the article then identifies three significant questions left open after Best foods. In light of these open questions, the article proposes a legislative proposal to further refine the parent-subsidiary allocation of liability to better serve CERCLA’s broad remedial goals and to clarify the expectations of all relevant parties.
Lucia A. Silecchia, Pinning the Blame & Piercing the Veil in the Mists of Metaphor: The Supreme Court’s New Standards for the CERCLA Liability of Parent Companies & A Proposal for Legislative Reform, 67 FORDHAM L. REV. 115 (1998).