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Lawrence Roseman was the sole corporate officer of RLG, Inc., the owner-operator of the Spring Valley Landfill in Wabash, Indiana. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) filed suit against RLG, seeking injunctive relief and civil penalties for violations of state environmental laws at Spring Valley. In response, RLG negotiated agreements to remedy the violations and to close the land- fi ll and provide a postclosure plan. In return, IDEM agreed to drop its claim for other relief, including civil penalties. After the negotiations, an environ- mental scientist inspected the landfill and found that the initial violations had not been remedied and also that the subsequent agreements had been breached. A trial court found that RLG had failed to comply wit h the agreements in several respects. Then IDEM filed a second, amended complaint with an additional count seeking to impose personal liability on Rose- man, based on his status as the sole corporate officer of RLG. How do you think the responsible person doctrine applies to this case? Should Roseman be held individually liable?


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