The opinion of the court was delivered by: NORGLE
CHARLES R. NORGLE, SR., District Judge:
Before the court are Defendants' Motions to Suppress Evidence [Doc. # 9-1], Quash Statements [Doc. # 9-2], and Dismiss the Complaint [Docs. # 9-3 & 10-1].
For the following reasons, the motions are denied.
Defendants X-L Engineering Corp. ("X-L") and Paul Prikos ("Prikos") (collectively, "Defendants") first move this court to suppress all evidence generated from investigations made by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency ("IEPA") and the Illinois State Police ("ISP"). Defendants argue that the investigators never obtained a warrant to enter upon their land, and thus any seizure of material on that land violates their Fourth Amendment rights. The court finds this argument contrary to well-established law.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals already rejected Defendants' argument in another case: "We hold that the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments do not require in civil cases that the exclusionary rule be extended to situations where private parties seek to introduce evidence obtained through unauthorized searches made by state officials." Honeycutt v. Aetna Ins. Co., 510 F.2d 340, 348 (7th Cir. 1975). Therefore, even assuming arguendo that both the IEPA and ISP did, in fact, conduct illegal searches and seizures,
the exclusionary rules of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments do not apply to the instant action. Id.; see also United States v. Janis, 428 U.S. 433, 447, 49 L. Ed. 2d 1046, 96 S. Ct. 3021 (1976) ("In the complex and turbulent history of the [exclusionary] rule, the Court never has applied it to exclude evidence from a civil proceeding, federal or state."). Accordingly, the court denies Defendants' Motion to Suppress Evidence.
II. Motion to Quash Statements
Defendants also move this court to quash all statements given by X-L personnel to IEPA and ISP officers since the X-L employees were never given the proper Miranda warnings prior to interrogation. This argument collapses from the weight of mountains of contradictory case law. In making this argument, Defendants' counsel approaches sanctionable conduct. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 11 ("by presenting to the court . . . a . . . written motion, . . . an attorney . . . is certifying that to the best of the person's knowledge, information, and belief, formed after an inquiry reasonable under the circumstances, -- . . . (2) the claims, defenses, and other legal contentions therein are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law or the establishment of new law."). Notwithstanding Defendants' lack of standing to claim that their employee's Constitutional rights have been violated, interrogations of individuals absent Miranda warnings does not automatically signal violations of the individuals' Fifth Amendment rights;
"the violation occurs only when the statements are used in criminal proceedings" against the very person making the statements. Buckley v. Fitzsimmons, 1991 U.S. App. LEXIS 487 (7th Cir. Jan. 14, 1991). See also Angara v. City of Chicago, 897 F. Supp. 355, 359 (N.D. Ill. 1995) ("the remedy under Miranda v. Arizona. . . is nothing more than the suppression of evidence at a criminal trial."). A Miranda warning must be given whenever a custodial interrogation begins. United States v. LaGrone, 43 F.3d 332 (7th Cir. 1994). Here, no custodial interrogation took place. Put simply, the Fifth Amendment argument here is misplaced and, accordingly, the court denies Defendants' Motion to Quash the Statements.
Defendants also move the court dismiss the Complaint. On a motion to dismiss, all well-pleaded factual allegations are presumed to be true. Johnson v. Martin, 943 F.2d 15, 16 (7th Cir. 1991); Perkins v. Silverstein, 939 F.2d 463, 466 (7th Cir. 1991). The court must view those allegations in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, Gomez v. Illinois State Board of Education, 811 F.2d 1030, 1039 (7th Cir. 1987), and all reasonable inferences to be drawn from those allegations are also accepted as true. Meriwether v. Faulkner, 821 F.2d 408, 410 (7th Cir. 1987). Additionally, the court must construe the pleadings liberally, and mere vagueness or lack of detail alone will not constitute sufficient grounds to dismiss a complaint. Strauss v. City of Chicago, 760 F.2d 765, 767 (7th Cir. 1985). Furthermore, the complaint need not specify the correct legal theory nor point to the right statute to survive a Rule 12(b) motion to dismiss, Bartholet v. Reishauer A.G. (Zurich), 953 F.2d 1073, 1078 (1992); however, the complaint will be dismissed if the plaintiff cannot prove the facts upon which the sought after legal relief may be granted. Ross v. Creighton Univ., 957 F.2d 410, 413 (7th Cir. 1992).
Defendants contend (1) that Plaintiffs have not sufficiently alleged Monsanto Company's standing, (2) that Counts I through III of the Complaint are devoid of facts sufficient to constitute "arranger" liability under CERCLA, (3) that the CERCLA statute of limitations bars Counts I through III, (4) that Plaintiffs have not sufficiently alleged Defendants' trespasser liability, (5) that Plaintiffs have not sufficiently alleged a negligence per se claim, and (6) that Plaintiffs' request for attorneys' fees should be stricken as they are not recoverable in this action. With regard to Defendants' first contention, that the Complaint is devoid of allegations to establish Monsanto Company's standing, the court directs Defendants' attention to the first sentence of the Complaint: "Plaintiffs The NutraSweet Company and Monsanto Company (collectively, "NutraSweet") allege as follows: . . . ". The court finds numerous allegations regarding the incurrence of response costs by "NutraSweet," i.e. The NutraSweet Company and Monsanto Company. (See Compl, PP 39, 40, 43, 44, 45, 46, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65, 69). As such, the court finds no merit in Defendants' first argument.
Defendants' second averment is misplaced as well. The court agrees with Defendants that CERCLA § 9607(a)(3), a section applicable to the first three counts, requires Plaintiffs to allege that Defendants disposed of, or at least arranged for the disposal of, hazardous substances onto the plaintiff's land. However, the court finds that Plaintiffs did, in fact, make such allegations: "The chlorinated solvents and other chemical substances that X-L and Prikos caused and/or allowed to be dumped at the X-L Facility and at. . . the NutraSweet Property. . . are 'hazardous substances'." (Compl. P55) (emphasis added); "X-L and Prikos arranged for the disposal of hazardous substances owned or possessed by X-L and Prikos at the NutraSweet Property. " (Compl. P61) (emphasis added). Accepting Plaintiffs' allegations as true, and construing the allegations liberally, the court finds that Plaintiffs have met their burden under notice pleading. Accordingly, the court denies Defendants' motion with regard to the second contention.
Third, Defendants argue, without citation to case law, that the instant CERCLA claims are untimely and barred by the applicable statute of limitations. Section 9613(g)(2)(A) provides that actions similar to those instituted by Plaintiffs must be brought within three years after completion of the "removal" of hazardous substances. 42 U.S.C. § 9613(g)(2)(A). Yet, "removal" as defined in CERCLA involves much more than the plain meaning of the term, it encompasses "the cleanup or removal of released hazardous substances, . . . such actions as may be necessary to monitor, assess, and evaluate the release, . . . the disposal of removed material, or the taking of such other actions as may be necessary to prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to the public health or welfare or to the environment . . . ." 42 U.S.C. § 9601(23). In other words, CERCLA defines the single "removal date" as the date of the last activity described in § 9601(23), such as monitoring, assessing, or evaluating a release of hazardous material. Kelley v. DuPont, 17 F.3d 836, 843 (6th Cir. 1994) ("it is simply inconsistent with [CERCLA's] essential purposes [to] require suit on each arguably independent removal activity."). Plaintiffs allege that they continue to this day to evaluate, assess and monitor the land on which Defendants allegedly disposed of hazardous materials. Moreover, Plaintiffs allege that they continue to incur "response" costs, including investigation and cleanup costs. Therefore, accepting Plaintiffs' allegations as true, the court finds that the applicable statute of limitations has yet to begin running and, therefore, finds the claims to be timely filed.
Fourth, Defendants assert that Plaintiff's attempt to allege a state law intentional trespass cause of action in Count IV is insufficient to withstand a motion to dismiss. To sufficiently allege such an action in Illinois, a plaintiff must allege that the defendant "acted with knowledge that his conduct will, to a substantial degree of certainty, result in . . . intrusion," and "thus, a person who aids, abets, assists, or directs the commission of a trespass by another is liable for trespass." Freese v. Buoy, 217 Ill. App. 3d 234, 244, 160 Ill. Dec. 222, 576 N.E.2d 1176 (Ill. App. Ct. 1991). Plaintiffs allege that an X-L employee illegally dumped hazardous wastes "at or ...