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Municipal and Government Entity Representation

A History of Service to Municipalities and Government Entities

The attorneys at Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich 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 & Sinkevich 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 & Sinkevich 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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Underground storage tank leaks may lead to development delays and costly clean-ups

Earlier this month, multiple sources reported an oil leak at a redevelopment site in Haddonfield, New Jersey. According to the Borough of Haddonfield’s press release dated January 6, 2021, the
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Underground storage tank leaks may lead to development delays and costly clean-ups

New Jersey Court of Appeals rules in favor of DEP’s ability to create public beach access over private property

In an April 2020 decision of a matter comprised of 63 consolidated cases, the New Jersey Court of Appeals affirmed that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) has
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New Jersey Court of Appeals rules in favor of DEP’s ability to create public beach access over private property

Changes to expect in environmental regulation with the incoming administration

President-elect Joe Biden ran on a platform that highlighted climate change and environmental regulation as national priorities. His plans state the intention to take the necessary steps to decrease our
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Changes to expect in environmental regulation with the incoming administration

NJDEP files Additional Natural Resource Damages claims

The State DEP continues to pursue natural resource damages (called NRD) claims. These are lawsuits where the relief sought is not just a cleanup, which is normally the relief sought
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NJDEP files Additional Natural Resource Damages claims

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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  • Dark Waters: How a Class Action Catapulted NJ to Forefront of 'Forever Chemicals' Battle

    NJ Law Journal Jan 09, 2020

    As property owners become increasingly aware of PFAS contamination, and as individuals exposed to PFAS learn of the health risks associated with exposure, liability will likely affect entire supply chains.

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