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NJ and NY Courts side with insurance companies over hotels concerning certain COVID-related claims

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced shutdowns across the world, the hospitality business was amongst the hardest hit industries in terms of economic loss. In response, some hotels have filed insurance claims under their property and business income insurance in hopes of recuperating some of these losses. Courts are now tasked with evaluating the unprecedented issue Read More

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RLUIPA case in SDNY challenges alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish community

In December 2020, the Southern District of New York filed a lawsuit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the Village of Airmont. The suit alleges that the Village has been discriminating against the Orthodox Jewish community via its recent zoning regulations enacted in 2018. RLUIPA was signed into law in Read More

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Governor Murphy signs three new bills into law with goal of combating lead exposure

As part of his Administration’s continued efforts to reduce lead exposure for residents across the State, Governor Murphy recently signed three bills into law. These new pieces of legislation work together to increase the testing and remediation requirements for lead-based paints and service lines made of lead parts. The first new law requires increased inspections Read More

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DEP to pursue cleanup of Lower Hackensack River

Last week, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced that the DEP will pursue the cleanup of the Lower Hackensack River as a federal Superfund site. This means that, if the designation request is accepted, the DEP will be working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a Read More

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EPA plans to increase criminal enforcement of environmental laws as part of environmental justice efforts

Many of the U.S.’s environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, contain criminal enforcement measures. These criminal enforcement measures range from significant fines to jail time. On June 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum outlining the agency’s plans to increase enforcement of these environmental statutes Read More

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States file petition in U.S. Supreme Court over EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations

On June 18, 2021, twenty (20) states along with additional supporters filed a request for appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that has the potential to affect States’ rights to regulate emissions limits under the Clean Air Act. Requesting the Supreme Court to hear an appeal involves filing a “Petition for a Writ of Certiorari” Read More

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EPA announces next step of clean-up plan at Superfund site in Burlington County

The Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site spans 400 acres and straddles the border of Cinnaminson and Delran in Burlington County. “Superfund sites,” such as this one, are designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on their actual or potential release of hazardous waste into the environment. Superfund sites are also remediated under the Read More

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Environmental organizations and community members striving to remove lead from nation’s drinking water

Near the end of 2020, the Trump Administration proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While originally slated to have already taken effect, these rule revisions met immediate opposition in the courtroom from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice (on behalf of the NAACP and other organizations), as well Read More

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New Jersey families allege birth defects and severe illnesses due to major chemical companies’ discharges and emissions

Families in New Jersey have filed multiple lawsuits in the District Court of New Jersey alleging that their birth defects and/or illnesses are the result of chemical pollution. Four suits have been filed over the last year and others appear on the horizon. The named major corporate defendants include DuPont, Chemours Arkema, and 3M. The Read More

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Applications for apartment complexes across New Jersey face community pushback

Zoning and planning boards across the state have recently been confronted with some contentious hearings regarding applications for apartment complexes near neighborhoods typically zoned for single-family homes. The zoning board in Woodcliff Lake denied an application in July 2019 after seven months of hearings that is currently before the same board again in amended form. Read More

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Register Now for NJSBA Flood Summit, January 26 9:00am to 11:30 via Zoom Stuart Lieberman, Esq. of Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich PC will moderate the virtual CLE, which will train advocates on
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Governor Murphy Blocks Vote on Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission for a More Indepth Review of Its Effects on the Environment

On January 13, 2022, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission was to vote on a contract to build a $180 million back up generating power plant for its sewage treatment facility in
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Environmental Insurance Dispute to be Heard in New Jersey courts

On December 30, 2021 the Appellate Division of the Superior Court decided Getty Prop. Corp. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. Getty Properties Corp. (“Getty”) filed an appeal
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Governor Murphy’s NJDEP Proposes New Rule to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration proposed a new rule to combat greenhouse gas emissions, just before the start of his second term in office. The New Jersey Department of
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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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