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First suit under recently enacted Uniform Public Expression Protection Act is underway in Bergen County

The matter Albert H. Wunsch, III, v. CTE Republicans for Englewood Cliffs, Mark Park, Zhi Liang, Rivka Biecagz, and Penny Rousouli, is currently in the Superior Court of Bergen County. The case concerns candidates in a local public election. Plaintiff instituted the action by way of an order to show cause after asserting that Defendants Read More

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Appellate Court upholds easement determination but declines to address conditions of permit

The appellate case, Benji and Russel Swan v. Stephen and Lila Lamanna, concerns an easement in which access to the last 200 feet is in question. Plaintiffs argued the trial court modify the easement by relocating it to allow plaintiffs’ access to Route 47. Defendants insist that the disputed 200 feet is their private driveway Read More

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Appeals Court upholds NJDEP’s discretion in an Environmental Rights Act

The Appellate Division recently affirmed all the challenged orders below. In this matter, there are two actions that were consolidation. In the first action, the Township of West Caldwell (“Township”) challenged two orders. The first order awarded Defendants Carant Limited Partnership (“Carant”) and Anthony Pio Costa, III (“Pio”) summary judgment in an action under the Read More

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Supreme Court to hear oral arguments regarding EPA smog rule

The Supreme Court issued an order stating that while it would not yet decide whether to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) smog rule from being effective, it would hear oral arguments on the matter during the upcoming February session. The oral arguments will include four related disputes over whether the EPA can implement a Read More

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Appeals Court remands decision to exclude expert testimony

The Appellate Division recently remanded the below matter for further consideration by the trial court. Their opinion noted that the trial court should provide a more detailed and complete factor-by-factor analysis of the Daubert factors, bearing in mind the guidance of Rubanick. The lawsuit arises out a derailment of four freight train cars in Paulsboro Read More

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Lead-Based Paint Inspections in Rental Dwellings

Lead is a naturally occurring element that is widely used in many products including gasoline, cosmetics, and paint. Lead-based paint is usually not hazardous if it is in good condition. However, paint that is peeling, chipped, cracked, or in some way damaged or lead dust, that forms when lead paint is scraped, sanded or heated, Read More

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Appeals Court upholds decision to deny variance request for easement under Green Acres

A recent decision by the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division had affirmed the decision of a New Jersey trial court grant of the Defendants’ dismissal of the complaint and motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff’s complaint cited various statutes concerning disability accommodations which were inapplicable given the circumstances. In Julian Leone v. Howell Township, Read More

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Appeals Court upholds decision to essentially eliminate Jersey City’s Historic Preservation Process

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division demonstrates how the courts have essentially eliminated Jersey City’s Historic Preservation Review process. In Joseph Berardo v. City of Jersey City, Zoning Board of Adjustment of the City of Jersey City, Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Jersey City, and Margaret A. Read More

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Appeals Court upholds decision to deny hardship variance due to lack of evidence

A recent decision by the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division had reversed the decision of a New Jersey trial court grant of remand. Plaintiff’s hardship application and hearing failed to provide sufficient evidence for the board to grant a hardship variance.   In Ebury Re, LLC, v. Township of Mount Olive Planning Board, Read More

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    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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