WLOS: CTS contamination case heading to Supreme Court

According a report from WLOS, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about whether a state statute of limitations limits the ability of people nearby the abandoned electroplating plant to get compensation for groundwater contamination stemming from the toxic “Superfund” site.

Last June, a group of residents won a major victory when a federal appeals court ruled against CTS, asserting that a federal law meant that they still had a right to get compensation from the company for the damage their toxins caused, even though the plant. CTS then appealed to the Supreme Court, while attorneys for the residents asserted that the court should let the earlier ruling in their favor stand. The court will hear arguments this Spring.

Part of WLOS’ report is below:

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a crucial ruling in the lawsuit against operators of the former CTS plant in Buncombe County.

Justices say a North Carolina statute of limitations “deserves scrutiny” in legal action against the company.

The federal lawsuit was filed by neighbors of what is now a toxic “Superfund” site.

The High Court will decide whether federal law supersedes the state’s ten-year statute of limitations on filings.


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