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Municipal and Government Entity Representation

A History of Service to Municipalities and Government Entities

The attorneys at Lieberman & Blecher have a long history of representing government entities, specifically with regard to their environmental law and related needs. Oftentimes, municipalities and other government entities retain our firm as Special Environmental Counsel in order to provide guidance to the governing body on significant environmental and land use issues, including brownfields, landfills, alternative energy, smart growth, hazardous site cleanup, redevelopment and complex litigation in these areas.

Assisting Municipalities and Government Entities with Contaminated Properties

Governing bodies often face issues and must make decisions concerning blighted properties that remain on their tax rolls. When investigating these properties, it is not rare to find environmental impacts to the soil, surface water, groundwater or air. Our attorneys are uniquely suited to assist municipalities and other governing bodies in pursuing the remediation and redevelopment of these brownfields and returning them to profitable use for the benefit of their communities and their taxpayers.

Our government entity clients are also concerned with protecting their residents from environmental externalities, including the risks posed by airports and other infrastructure that may have environmental impacts on their host communities. For example, Lieberman & Blecher has served as counsel to a coalition of nearly a dozen municipalities in Bergen County, New Jersey who have sought to preserve, protect and improve the air quality in their communities from degradation by air traffic. These types of issues often require a multi-faceted approach, coupling litigation and political solutions to achieve the best results for the governing bodies and their constituents.

Representing Municipalities and Government Entities in Environmental Litigation

In addition, governing bodies can themselves be parties to environmental litigation, including claims that arise under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA” or “Superfund”), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) and state statutes, including New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”) and Solid Waste Management Act, among many others. The experienced environmental litigators at Lieberman & Blecher have represented the interests of governing bodies before the courts and have become known for their cost-effective approach to litigation, an approach that leverages talent and technology to achieve lasting results for our clients. This platform enables us to realize numerous efficiencies and offer reasonable rates for our legal services, which is a primary concern to all of our clients, but especially to governing bodies faced with ever shrinking budgets.

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Recent Blog Posts

United States Supreme Court Tackles Key Clean Water Act Judicial Review Issue

National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al. 583 U.S. ____ (2018) Decided January 22, 2018 Since the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the definition of “the waters
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United States Supreme Court Tackles Key Clean Water Act Judicial Review Issue

New Jersey Voters to Decide Important State Constitutional Amendment concerning the Environment

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, New Jersey voters will be asked to decide on a state constitutional amendment regarding the use of natural resource damages collected by the State in
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New Jersey Voters to Decide Important State Constitutional Amendment  concerning the Environment

Appellate Division Case Demonstrates Importance of Carefully Negotiated Escrow Agreements

Real estate transactions involving commercial and residential properties frequently employ the use of escrow agreements to address potential environmental issues.  This practice is widespread in New Jersey and it permits
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Appellate Division Case Demonstrates Importance of Carefully Negotiated Escrow Agreements

NJDEP Updates Soil Remediation Standards for 19 Contaminants

Effective September 18, 2017, new soil remediation standards govern the cleanup of contaminated sites in New Jersey.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) recently updated remedial standards for
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NJDEP Updates Soil Remediation Standards for 19 Contaminants

In the media

  • Gulf Coast Town Center facing foreclosure

    Naples Daily News, September 16, 2015

    Wells Fargo filed a lawsuit Sept. 8 against an affiliate of CBL & Associates, the owners of the decadeold, 1.2 million-square-foot mall in south Fort Myers for a $190.9 million unpaid loan. The center has 94 stores on 204 acres, with such anchors as Super Target, Belk, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and Costco...

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  • Town liable for private company's leaking underground tanks, court rules

    NJ.com Jul 26, 2017

    CRANFORD -- A couple that owned a businesses in town and became sick from leaking underground tanks owned by an adjacent business can sue the township for damages because the tanks were partially ...

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