The Cal Compact Landfill was operated from approximately 1959-1968 for disposal of household and industrial wastes. The 157-acre site was purchased in the mid-1990s to build the Los Angeles Metro Mall. Several industrial companies were sued to recover costs associated with the remediation activities necessary to construct the proposed shopping mall.


For cost recovery purposes, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires that the activities claimed as costs of remediation be consistent with the National Contingency Plan (NCP). A cost analysis was conducted to assess the type of remedial work performed, remedial work documentation, and whether this work was consistent with the NCP and necessary to remediate the property.


Careful analysis of the cost information provided by the plaintiffs identified numerous claimed costs that were not associated with the activities required to investigate or remediate the property. Many of the costs were expended to develop the property for commercial use and were not remediation related. The original claimed costs exceeded $25 million. With our help, the industrial entities  resolved the claim for less than $2 million. Several years later we  assisted these parties with a cost recovery action against Los Angeles County and other municipal parties that dumped waste at the site and we recovered substantial costs related to the site remediation.