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AMERICAN PREMIER UNDERWRITERS, INC.,
Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,
Defendant-Appellee.
   No. 20-4010
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio at Cincinnati.
No. 1:05-cv-00437—Michael H. Watson, District Judge.
Argued: July 29, 2021
Decided and Filed: September 21, 2021
Before: SUTTON, Chief Judge; SUHRHEINRICH and NALBANDIAN, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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NALBANDIAN, Circuit Judge. This case’s story begins in the 1930s and 1940s when General Electric began designing and manufacturing certain self-propelled, electric passenger railcars that included liquid-cooled transformers. The transformers, which generated a great deal of heat, used a coolant called Pyranol that contains toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). GE sold some of these railcars to government entities whose trains operated on Penn Central lines. Over the years, Pyranol from the transformers escaped and contaminated four Penn Central railyards.

American Premier Underwriters, Penn Central’s successor, had to pay for the costly environmental cleanup. It now seeks to shift that financial burden to GE. The district court rejected APU’s arguments and we agree for three reasons: (1) GE is neither an arranger nor an operator under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); (2) APU assigned away its contractual right to indemnification; and (3) any claims based on reassigned indemnity rights are time barred. Because these three issues decide this appeal in GE’s favor, we decline to address other issues briefed by the parties. We AFFIRM.