West Coast Home Builders, Inc. v. Aventis Cropscience USA Inc. et al

Filing 101

ORDER. re 99 Signed by Judge Illston on 2/4/08. (ts, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/5/2008)

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West Coast Home Builders, Inc. v. Aventis Cropscience USA Inc. et al Doc. 101 Case 3:04-cv-02225-SI Document 99 Filed 02/01/2008 Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 RONALD J. TENPAS, Assistant Attorney General PAMELA S. TONGLAO, Trial Attorney U.S. Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division Environmental Defense Section P.O. Box 23986 Washington, DC 20026-3986 Telephone: (202) 305-0897 Facsimile: (202) 514-8865 JOSEPH P. RUSSONIELLO United States Attorney CHARLES M. O'CONNOR (CA State Bar No. 56320) Assistant United States Attorney 450 Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco, CA 94102 Telephone: (415) 436-7180 Facsimile: (415) 436-6748 Attorneys for the United States of America 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WHEREAS, Plaintiff West Coast Home Builders, Inc. filed this action the United States Department of the Army, United States Defense Logistics Agency, and United States Department of the Navy (collectively "Federal Defendants") on June 7, 2004, pursuant to sections 107 and 113 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), 42 U.S.C. 9607 and 9613. WHEREAS, Plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint in this action on December 14, 2004 (docket no. 10). WHEREAS, the Federal Defendants, filed an answer to the amended complaint on August 15, 2005 (docket no. 31). IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION ________________________________________ ) No. C 04-2225-SI ) WEST COAST HOME BUILDERS, INC., ) STIPULATION REGARDING FILING ) OF UNITED STATES' AMENDED Plaintiff, ) ANSWER TO PLAINTIFFS' FIRST v. ) AMENDED COMPLAINT AND ) COUNTERCLAIM ) AVENTIS CROPSCIENCE USA, INC., et al., ) ) Defendants. ________________________________________ ) Dockets.Justia.com Case 3:04-cv-02225-SI Document 99 Filed 02/01/2008 Page 2 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WHEREAS, pursuant to this Court's directive issued at the status conference in this action on October 19, 2007, all motions or stipulations to the amendment of pleadings must be filed no later than February 1, 2008. NOW THEREFORE, the parties hereto agree to the filing of an amended answer by the Federal Defendants that asserts a counterclaim for contribution under CERCLA. Such counterclaim would permit the Court to allocate response costs in the Plaintiffs' second amended complaint among liable parties using such equitable factors as the Court determines are appropriate, under 42 U.S.C. 9613(f)(1), and grant appropriate declaratory relief under 42 U.S.C. 9613(g)(2) and 28 U.S.C. 2201. For the Plaintiffs Dated: February 1, 2008 Lee A. Archer Peter W. McGaw s/ John L. Kortum John L. Kortum ARCHER NORRIS 2033 North Main Street, Suite 800 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Tel: (925) 930-6600 For the Federal Defendants Dated: February 1, 2008 RONALD J. TENPAS Assistant Attorney General Environment and Natural Resources Division s/Pamela S. Tonglao Pamela S. Tonglao, Attorney United States Department of Justice Environmental Defense Section P.O. Box 23986 Washington, D.C. 20026-3986 (202) 305-0897 JOSEPH P. RUSSONIELLO United States Attorney CHARLES M. O'CONNOR (CA Bar No. 56320) Assistant United States Attorney 450 Golden Gate Ave. C V 04-2225 SI 2 Case 3:04-cv-02225-SI Document 99 Filed 02/01/2008 Page 3 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 C V 04-2225 SI San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 436-7180 For Defendants Aventis Cropscience USA et al. Dated: February 1, 2008 s/ Clifton J. McFarland Clifton J. McFarland Sophia B. Strong DOWNEY BRAND LLP 555 Capitol Mall, Tenth Floor Sacramento, CA 95814-4686 Tel: (916) 444-1000 PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: HON. SUSAN ILLSTON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Case 3:04-cv-02225-SI Document 99 Filed 02/01/2008 Page 4 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 C V 04-2225 SI CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on February 1, 2008, I filed the foregoing document using the ECF System, which will send notice of the filing to the following: Lee A. Archer Peter W. McGaw John L. Kortum Archer Norris 2033 North Main Street, Suite 800 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 Tel: (925) 930-6600 Clifton J. McFarland Sophia B. Strong Downey Brand LLP 555 Capitol Mall, Tenth Floor Sacramento, CA 95814-4686 Tel: (916) 444-1000 s/Pamela S. Tonglao Pamela S. Tonglao 4

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