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Unprecedented Climate Change Case Proceeds in Court

A federal magistrate judge in Eugene, Oregon recently allowed an unprecedented climate change case to proceed in court.  Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call it the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” In Kelsey Cascade Rose Juliana; et al. v. the United States of America; et al., Docket No.6:15-cv-1517-TC (D. Or. Apr. 8, Read More

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New York Court of Appeals Considers Navigability of Adirondack Waterway

In Friends of Thayer Lake LLC v. Brown, 2016 NY Slip Op 03647, the issue recently in front of the Court of Appeals of New York was whether a certain Adirondack waterway is navigable-in-fact, a question that determines whether the public has access to the waterway. Plaintiffs own land in a remote area of the Read More

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The Dune Abides

In State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection v. City of Margate, Docket No. ATL-L-2295-15 (Law Div.), the Atlantic County Superior Court ruled, among other things, that the municipal defendant (“Margate”) made a sufficient showing of arbitrariness to warrant a hearing on the issue of whether the condemnation action brought by the plaintiff, the Read More

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Courts Prevent the New Jersey Spill Act from Leaking

In Morristown Assoc. v. Grant Oil Co., Docket No. A-0313-11T3 (App. Div. Nov. 17, 2015), the Appellate Division returned to a matter concerning the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”).  Morristown Associates, the plaintiff, sought contribution from potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) for costs associated with the cleanup and removal of fuel oil Read More

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New Jersey Makes a Splash by Winning Two Tidelands Cases

New Jersey Makes a Splash by Winning Two Tidelands Cases In Lisowski v. Borough of Avalon (2015), the Superior Court of New Jersey considered two consolidated appeals, Lisowski v. Borough of Avalon and State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection v. Township of Delanco, each challenging the timeliness of the State of New Jersey’s Read More

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Don’t Let a Leaking Heating Oil Tank Ruin Your Life

Every environmental lawyer deals with leaking heating oil homeowner tanks. They are very frightening to homeowners who have never experienced an environmental problem before. Leaking heating oil tanks can cost
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Don’t Let a Leaking Heating Oil Tank Ruin Your Life

Appeals Court Allows Strict Liability Claims to Proceed Against Large New Jersey Refinery

For years many New Jersey lawyers understood that the mere storage of petroleum was not an abnormally dangerous activity. That is an important concept because those who engage in abnormally
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Appeals Court Allows Strict Liability Claims to Proceed Against Large New Jersey Refinery

RLUIPA lawsuits and free beach parking

RLUIPA defense counsel took note of a Florida case earlier this year that questioned whether free beach access constituted a sincerely held religious belief under the RLUIPA statute. The case,
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RLUIPA lawsuits and free beach parking

Appellate Division Confirms Accessory Building’s Unused 80-Year-Old Plumbing Fixtures are Preexisting Nonconformity

Rantz v. Planning Board of the Borough of Bay Head, Docket No. A-2847-19 (App. Div. Sept. 8, 2021) This month, the Appellate Division upheld the Planning Board of the Borough of
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Appellate Division Confirms Accessory Building’s Unused 80-Year-Old Plumbing Fixtures are Preexisting Nonconformity

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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