A federal court has ruled that dismissal of a lawsuit for contribution under Indiana’s Environmental Legal Action statute does not bar a suit for contribution under CERCLA. Valbruna Slater Steal Corp. v. Joslyn Manufacturing Co., No. 10-44 (N.D. Ind. 4/11/11). Plaintiff purchased a steel mill from defendant in 1981 and later discovered contamination on the site. In 2000, plaintiff sued defendant for cleanup-cost contribution under the state statute but the court dismissed the complaint, holding that the 1998 law did not apply retroactively. In 2010, plaintiff sued defendant in federal court seeking contribution under CERCLA and the state statute. The court held that plaintiff’s state claim was barred by the doctrine of res judicata, but that the federal claim could proceed because only federal courts have jurisdiction under CERCLA.