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Administrative Remedies Must Be Exhausted Before Inverse Condemnation Lawsuit

The Supreme Court in Griepenburg v. Ocean Township, 220 N.J. 239 (2015), considered the circumstances under which municipal zoning ordinances represent a legitimate exercise of a municipality’s power to zone property consistent with its Master Plan and the Municipal Land Use Law (“MLUL”) goals.  In the late 1990s, Ocean Township, which is bordered by the Read More

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NJ Bar Association Hosting Program: "The Upside-Down World of Estate Planning: Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates Takes Over"

The advent of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 have, in part, changed the landscape of estate planning. Many of the traditional concepts and techniques which have become a mainstay with respect to estate planning require additional or alternative thought. Income tax changes in the trusts Read More

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City of Vineland Determined to Learn Truth of Potential Contamination at Public Park

The City of Vineland is seeking to get to the bottom of the severity of the potential contamination of heavy metals in and around the Burnt Mill Pond. It is evident that a contamination from an upstream Superfund site in Newfield has been affecting the pond downstream. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declined Read More

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Court Applies Principles of Penn Central v. New York in Coastal Wetlands Case

In Scot Netherlands, Inc. v. State of New Jersey, the plaintiff owned a 22.87-acre plot of land in Atlantic City that was vacant wetlands except for a rent-producing billboard on the site. In 2007, after owning the property for 30 years, the plaintiff filed an application with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) for Read More

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Firm Places School District on Notice for Mold Contamination in Elementary Schools

On March 5, 2014, Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich filed a notice of tort claim on behalf of Stacy Adelizzi, mother of Michael and Maximus Adelizzi, with the Middle Township school district. The family alleges that the elementary schools have been dealing with a mold contamination that has made both children ill. Michael has had to Read More

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Extension of Extensions: Deadline to Apply for Extension of Remedial Investigation Deadline Postponed

The May 7, 2014 Remedial Investigation Deadline Under New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act The Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”), N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq., requires that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection undertake direct oversight of a remediation of certain contaminated sites when the person responsible for conducting the remediation fails to complete the Read More

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NJ Supreme Court Case Alters Insurance Coverage Allocations in Environmental Claims

On September 24, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court handed down an important insurance case in Farmers Mutual Fire Ins. Co. of Salem v. New Jersey Property-Liability Ins. Guar. Ass’n, ____ N.J. ____ (2013) that could change the way that insurance coverage is allocated for environmental claims when dealing with an insolvent insurance carrier. In Read More

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N.J. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Dunes and Against Ocean Views

On July 8, 2013, at the intersection of environmental and eminent domain law, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in Borough of Harvey Cedars v. Karan, ____ N.J. ____ (2013). The backdrop of this case was a beach restoration and storm protection project on Long Beach Island funded by federal, state, and Read More

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Lieberman & Blecher Paves the Way with 1st Victory for the City of Vineland!

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich was hired as special environmental counsel by the City of Vineland concerning the former Pure Earth Recycling facility previously located within the City. Pure Earth was engaged in recycling activities that involved processing contaminated soils, waste oil, and other materials on the property. Pure Earth abruptly ceased operations in 2011 due Read More

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NJDEP Can Conduct Warrantless Searches Under Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

In 1987, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9B-1, et seq. (“FWPA”), to protect and regulate New Jersey’s vast sensitive freshwater wetlands. This law followed the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1, et seq., which delineated and regulated New Jersey’s coastal wetlands. The FWPA established a permitting process which a 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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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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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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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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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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