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On September 20, 2019, firm client Apex Oil Company secured a resounding victory in its defense of environmental cost recovery claims in the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. In Premcor Refining Group Inc. v. Apex Oil Co. Inc. et al., the firm moved to dismiss all claims against Apex. In response to the firm’s briefs, US District Judge Rosenstengel first found that, as a matter of law, plaintiff's environmental claims were limited to those in contribution under the federal CERCLA statute. Then the court proceeded to dismiss, with prejudice, all remaining claims against Apex because it had previously settled with the State of Illinois. The successful motion to dismiss was crafted by a firm team including Partners Gabrielle Sigel, Devi M. Rao and Allison A. Torrence, and Associate Alexander J. Bandza.