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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month, that a company must show intent to dispose of chemicals to be liable as an “arranger” under the “Superfund Law,” could benefit corporations caught up in potential liabilities under that statute, a legal expert said.

Because the 8-1 decision, reached on May 4, limits the definition of “arrange for” to the ordinary meaning of the words, David Erickson, a partner for the environmental practice in the Kansas City office of Shook, Hardy and Bacon, LLP, said the group of people who can be held liable as an arranger shrinks.

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