Michael McGovern

Special Counsel

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Washington, D.C.

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  • Scrap metal recyclers – successful defense of a CERCLA cost recovery action based primarily on a statutory defense provided for under the Superfund Recycling Equity Act (U.S. v. Mountain Metal Co., 137 F. Supp. 2d 1267 (N.D. Ala. 2001))
  • Major oil company – successful defense that included dismissal of a cost recovery action at the summary judgment stage and recovery of attorney’s fees through the novel application of a state law (Teck General Partnership v. Crown Stations, Inc., 11 Fed. Appx. 119 (4th Cir. 2001))
  • Multinational package printing company – favorable result in a breach of contract action brought against the manufacturer of an environmental pollution abatement system (Aluglass Packaging, Inc. v. Weatherly, Inc., (D. Md. 1999))
  • Major oil company – successful recovery at trial of remediation costs and attorney’s fees in a cost recovery action brought against a regional petroleum distributor (Crown Central Petroleum Corp. v. Webb’s Oil Co., 8 Mealey’s Litig. Rep. 12 (W.D. Va. 1996))
  • Former owner/operator of a defunct municipal landfill – successful defense at trial of a CERCLA cost recovery action concerning contaminated property (Catoctin Investment Corp. v. Town of Leesburg, (E.D. Va. 1995))
  • Appearance as expert witness on the issue of the effect of regulatory remedial requirements on the valuation of contaminated property in an equitable distribution proceeding (Johnson v. Johnson, (Va.Cir.Ct. 1997))