What positions did the United States take in its amicus brief on Aviall (PDF)?

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What positions did the United States take in its amicus brief on Aviall (PDF)?

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Among other things, the United States took the position that, based on the plain language of CERCLA § 113(f)(1), a party that is itself liable or potentially liable may seek contribution under that section only during or following a civil action under section 106 or section 107, and conversely, that section 113(f)(1) does not authorize a contribution action in the absence of an ongoing or completed section 106 or section 107(a) civil action. The United States also stated that a liable party is limited to seeking contribution in the manner authorized by section 113(f), and that CERCLA § 107(a) does not provide an independent basis for a liable person to recover response costs from another liable person.

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