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On February 5, 2024, the Appellate Division issued is decision In Re Appeal Of The New Jersey Department Of Environmental Protection’s September 6, 2022 Denial Of Request For Adjudicatory Hearing Under N.J.A.C. 7:26c-9.10, Dated May 12, 2022, Concerning The Department’s April 20, 2022 Notice Of Remediation In Progress Waiver Rescission. The question at issue was Read More

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Supreme Court concludes that attorney review period is not a requirement of absolute auction contracts

On June 9, 2022, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously decided that attorney review period is not a required contractual provision for a residential real estate sale by absolute auction. In this case, John C. Sullivan v. Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. (A-57-20) (085225), Plaintiff John C. Sullivan was trustee to the Sylvester Read More

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Municipal Clerk can Accept Electronic Signatures

On November 30, 2021, the Appellate Division further enforced and upheld a new staple of the Covid-19 world: electronic signatures. In Township Of Montclair Committee of Petitioners et al. v. Township Of Montclair, et al., Docket No. A-2315-20, the Court considered a municipal clerk’s decision regarding electronic signature verification. The Court concluded that the clerk Read More

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Piscataway community members challenge Zoning Board variance approval of giant warehouse development in residential zone

Warehouse development is a controversial arena in the State of New Jersey. The most densely populated state in the country has little open and natural space to spare, yet that very population’s online purchases necessitate more and more facilities for product storage and distribution. The industry, which was already growing thanks to services such as Read More

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Most recent paraquat lawsuit filed by New Jersey resident against Syngenta, Chevron

For several years, Syngenta, the manufacturer of paraquat, an herbicide, has faced legal consequences due personal injury caused by this chemical, specifically Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, on March 25, 2021, Paul Rakoczy, a New Jersey resident, filed a lawsuit against Syngenta entities as well as Chevron USA Inc. for damages created by his Parkinson’s diagnoses, Read More

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Appellate Division allows claimant a new hearing to seek specific performance of a real estate contract, potential divestment of a third party buyer

The Appellate Division has recently overturned a Chancery Court decision denying a claimants Order to Show Cause (“OSC”) in Hudson County. This noteworthy decision, Siland v. Crandon, Docket No. A-3023-19 (decided March 19, 2021), touches on legal principles concerning specific performance of real estate agreements, bona fide purchasers and even due process rights. In short, Read More

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EPA announcing $6 million in environmental justice funding

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of up to $6 million in funding this year through two environmental justice programs: Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program and the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program. The EJCPS program enables organizations to partner with other stakeholders such as local governments or Read More

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Lead Exposure and Frivolous Litigation

Owners of older residential properties are likely familiar with the legal requirement to provide warnings concerning the existence of lead. Lead exposure, particularly amongst children, can result in severe, even fatal consequences to those exposed, as well as massive liability on the property owner. For this reason, lead paint was banned in 1978 and lead Read More

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New Jersey Supreme Court rules the PLA does not preempt CFA claims by consumers

Now more than ever, consumer protection is important. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we see new products on our shelves, promising safe disinfection for hands and surfaces as one example. However, what if the chemicals in that product were harmful? What if the product does not disinfect as advertised? The consequences could be Read More

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Supreme court holds that original manufacturers can be liable for asbestos exposure emanating from replacement parts

It is clear that a manufacturer of a product that contains asbestos can be held liable in New Jersey for asbestos related illnesses associated with the use of the asbestos containing product or associated with the manufacture’s failure to warn about potential harm. This essentially follows traditional theories of product liability when plaintiffs are injured Read More

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  • On the Run: Runner/lawyer DeBord out to protect the environment she loves

    Bucks County Herald, January 4, 2024

    When Brittany DeBord runs along the Delaware River canal towpath or on the trails of Tyler State Park, she doesn’t just appreciate the natural beauty of the...

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  • 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 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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