Attorney and Lawyer in Los Angeles, California

Environmental

Alexander Robertson, IV represented Las Vegas, Nevada homeowners in a PCE vapor intrusion lawsuit. Plaintiffs in the Voggenthaler case alleged that contaminated groundwater from chemical perchloroethylene, used at a nearby dry cleaners, seeped under their homes and into the groundwater. The RCRA, 42 U.S.C. 6972 (a)(1)(B)  permits private citizens to seek injunctive relief against any person "who has contributed or is contributing to the past or present handling, storage, treatment, transportation or disposal of any solid or hazardous waste which may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment."

Mr. Robertson won summary judgement against the shopping center owners and received a permanent injunction forcing the defendants to rid the area of contamination.

In the Voggenthaler v. Maryland Square case, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the plaintiff's judgment against the shopping center owners. The above map outlines the migration of the contamination plume from the former dry cleaners location to the residential neighborhood.

Robertson & Associates has handled a variety of environmental cases in California and Nevada, including:

  • CERCLA
  • RCRA
  • Damage to wetlands and nature preserve
  • PCE groundwater contamination class action for 250 homeowners
  • Refinery explosion
  • Methane gas explosion involving multiple fatalities