April 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach
An Ottawa dry cleaner is liable for nearly $2 million in environmental clean-up costs resulting from spills that occurred at least 45 years ago, as a result of a Supreme Court of Canada ruling released Thursday.
The top court’s ruling in Fraser Hillary’s Limited v. Eddy Huang, et al. did not involve an insurer but the underlying circumstances are common and pose an issue for brokers. Clients can face civil suits and regulatory penalties – sometimes in the millions – if their properties are alleged to be polluted.