Settlement in IBM Vapor Intrusion Case in Upstate New YorkFebruary 19, 2015
In 2008, residents and business owners in Endicott, New York filed a lawsuit against IBM claiming damages of $100 million for contamination of the soil and groundwater in the town allegedly resulting from IBM’s former microelectronics plant. The Plaintiffs claimed that the former operations resulted in contamination from trichloroethylene (“TCE”) of soil and groundwater. The impacted groundwater plume extent is about 300 acre off-site. This has been a closely watched case because IBM has already mitigated impacts by installing vapor mitigation systems in more than 300 homes and there is limited precedent or guidance on the factors for calculating damages allegedly caused by vapor intrusion. No details of the settlement were released. IBM also confirmed to the public it would continue the remedial activities.