San Diego Law Review


Quinn Scallon

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The United States has a long history of improperly disposed toxic waste. Over the years, some enterprises that contaminated their real property through commercial activities transferred the property without abating the problem. Consequently, many subsequent purchasers unknowingly acquired contaminated property. This Comment argues that the state and federal environmental legislation is inadequate to fully compensate landowners who suffer losses as a result of toxic waste left behind by a predecessor in title. The author explores the viability of the common law doctrine of hazardous activity strict liability as a cause of action available to a landowner against a predecessor in interest.

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