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“From Green Acres to Brownfields” – Environmental Law, Land Use, Toxic Torts

Our practice areas are:
Environmental Law
Land Use
Toxic Torts
Government Agency Challenges
General Litigation

That is all that we do. No estate planning, no divorces, no probate.

At Lieberman & Blecher, we do not try to be all things to all people. Rather, we concentrate our efforts so that we can really master our fields. Whether it is a cap-less landfill, a contaminating neighbor, a defective product, a smelly incinerator, an illegal Planning Board approval, drinking water that cannot be consumed, or a company that ignored its contract, we are the “right law firm.”

Our clients are as diverse as the cases they bring to us. They include developers, individuals, citizens groups, industries, factories and municipalities.

“Dirt Trenches to Courtroom Trenches”

Our practice often takes us from dirt trenches to courtroom trenches. To understand a wetlands cases, you need to see the wetland and evaluate the issues by seeing them, smelling them and touching them. To do what we do, you must be “hands on,” which means you need to leave your office sometimes.

Often, Lieberman & Blecher lawyers meet with the DEP in Trenton and with the EPA and other regulatory agencies. In many cases, disputes can be resolved through discussion — but that happens only after your lawyer understands all of the facts and legal issues.

A lawyer must be well versed in environmental law in order to properly become involved in it. Our lawyers and paralegals do this work every day of the work week. And we practice New Jersey litigation every day of the week.

New Jersey Environmental Compliance

6/19/2006 Hear Wall Street Journal Radio’s Gordon Deal interview Stuart Lieberman on the recent Supreme Court decision RAPANOS v. United States. This decision determines whether limits exist to the federal government’s authority to regulate Wetlands under the Clean Water Act, specifically in navigable waters.

Lieberman & Blecher concentrates in environmental land use issues, including the implementation of the Highlands Act, CAFRA, and the Pinelands Act. For an example of our firm’s work in a Holland Township case, click here.

For an example of a preservation case in Bernards Township, which was recently upheld by the State Superior Court, click here

Regulatory Takings/Inverse Condemnation

WETLANDS: Regulation, Permitting, Litigation.

View the table of contents of the book “Wetlands 2001 Update

Read the latest about regulatory takings

Contamination Discovered on or Under Your Property

Sink Holes on Your Property

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Recent Twitter Posts

  • Cleanup continues on Petty's Island. https://t.co/FaZ9BWjenw
    7 days ago
  • Hoboken suspends eminent domain effort to acquire Union Dry Dock. https://t.co/UHKYHxEJ6a
    3 weeks ago
  • Cleanup nears end for Pompton Lake. https://t.co/HulZlzr9nf
    3 weeks ago
  • New Jersey Attorney General opposes eminent domain for PennEast pipeline. https://t.co/O3U5ZTzcvg
    4 weeks ago

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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