What Non-Environmental Lawyers Should Know About Environmental Law

03/01/2001

Introduction
Environmental laws sweep broadly, regulating a wide range of business activities. Environmental laws create obligations and liabilities that affect not only ongoing businesses, but real estate and business transactions as well. They also may form the basis for, or otherwise be relevant to litigation. Non-environmental lawyers, therefore, should be generally knowledgeable about environmental laws and how they may relate to their areas of practice. This paper discusses environmental programs, their effects on real estate and on business transactions, and their relevance to litigation.

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