Legal Memorandum: Directors' Liability for Environmental Decisions

Issue: What legal resources address the specific liability of officers and directors when the corporation is facing environmental issues?

Area of Law: Business Organizations & Contracts, Environmental Law
Keywords: Officers and directors; Liability; Environmental issues
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 02/01/2001

  • William S. Biel, Whistling Past the Site:  Directors’ and Officers’ Personal Liability for Environmental Decisions and the Role of Liability Insurance Coverage, 140 U. Pa. L. Rev. 241 (1991).
  • Barbara P. Billauer, Criminal Liability of Directors and Officers for Environmental Claims, N.Y.L.J., Mar. 2, 1989, at 5.
  • Joseph G. Block & Nancy A. Voisin, The Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine—Can You Go to Jail for What You Don’t Know?, 22 Envtl. L. 1347 (1992).
  • Sarah Calcote, Criminal Intent in Federal Environmental Statutes:  What Corporate Officers and Employees Should `Know’, 20 Am. J. Crim. L. 359 (1993).
  • Larry G. Gutterridge & Judith M. Praitis, Corporate Environmental Crimes; How to Manage the Increasing Risk to Directors, Officers and Employees, L.A. Law., Dec. 1993, at 26.
  • Barry M. Hartman & Charles A. DeMonaco, The Present Use of the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine in the Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Laws, 23 Envtl. L. Rep. 10145 (1993).
  • Christopher Kerns & Fred A. Smith, III, Director and Officer Liability for Environmental Clean-up Costs, For the Def., Apr. 1991, at 18.
  • Pamela Nehring, Getting Passed the Buck: Corporate Directors Face Liability Under Environmental Laws, L.A. Daily J., Mar. 2, 1989, at 6.
  • Thomas J. Niekamp, Individual Liability of Corporate Officers, Directors, and Shareholders for Violations of Environmental Laws, Ohio N.U. L. […]

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