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NJDEP Overreached in Seizing "Rotten Egg" Smelling Fenimore Landfill

Appeals Court Overturns NJDEP Seizure of Fenimore Landfill The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court concluded that the Fenimore Landfill, owned and operated by Strategic Environmental Partners LLC (SEP), should not have been closed and seized by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) just thirty minutes after a new law was passed Read More

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Oil Company Not Liable to Neighbor for Leaking Underground Tanks

Oil Company Not Liable to Neighbor for Leaking Underground Tanks Gasoline Station Owner Not Liable for Damage to Neighbor Who Did Not Properly Allege Harm A property owner whose investment property was contaminated by a leaking gasoline station next door had his property damage case dismissed because he failed to completely allege all of his Read More

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NJ Supreme Court: Experts Must Opine As to Objective Standards of Care

NJ High Court Bars Expert Testimony as Net Opinion Where Expert Does Not Reference an Objective Standard of Care In cases involving allegations of negligence, the injured party has to prove that the person or entity being sued failed to act reasonably, causing harm to the victim. In those cases, the injured person must show that Read More

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NJ Supreme Court: Environmental Litigation Over Cleanup Cost Allocation May Proceed

 Sets New Environmental Law Precedent New Jersey’s highest court has ruled that in private contribution claims arising under the Spill Act, “a party determined to be a discharger and held responsible for the cost of cleanup by the DEP is entitled to bring a contribution claim against other potentially responsible parties before the final tally Read More

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The Importance of a Timely Notice of Claims Against Governmental Entities

In Tracey v. Borough of Essex Fells, a case recently decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division, the plaintiff was injured when an off-duty police car nearly struck him while jogging. At the time, Tracey did not believe he was injured, but he did file a police incident report. Two months later, Tracey sought treatment Read More

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L&B Reflects on the Legacy of Environmental Activist Jane Tousman

Jane Tousman, a New Jersey environmental activist who made great strides in wetlands preservation in Edison, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the age of 77 due to complications of a stroke. Jane dedicated much of her life to the battle for land preservation. Jane was known to be relentless and prepared; she Read More

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January is Radon Awareness & Action Month

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas.  Radon is naturally occurring. It comes from the radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and enters both the outdoor and indoor air. Radon is found all over the United States, including in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  Radon can be measured through testing. Radon Read More

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New Standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On November 6, 2013, the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) published new standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“ESA”). Phase I ESAs are conducted to assess the environmental condition of commercial real estate for potential buyers. The ASTM’s E1527-05 standard has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to satisfy the Read More

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The Passaic River Coalition’s Work To Protect The Passaic River Basin

In our state, people do not often have to worry about having a clean and reliable water supply for themselves and their family. However, it is the continuing work of local organizations like the Passaic River Coalition (“PRC”) that ensures our water supplies remain viable for future generations. The PRC guards the Passaic River Basin; Read More

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Appellate Division Holds Municipality Liable for Damages for Failure to Comply with Easement Agreements

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division held in Petrozzi v. Ocean City that beach-front property owners are able to recover damages for the failure of a municipality to comply with easement agreements. At the end of the 1980’s, Ocean City initiated a dune restoration program and acquired easements from property owners in order to Read More

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Environmental remediation timeframes extended again in February 2021 due to COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, keeping up with deadlines and time frames has been a difficult task for many. The State of New Jersey as well as the New
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Environmental remediation timeframes extended again in February 2021 due to COVID-19

New Jersey Courts Make it Easier for Commercial Landlords to Change the Locks and for Lenders to Foreclose

The COVID pandemic began in March of 2020 and placed many individuals, businesses and mortgage lenders in circumstances which seemingly only ever existed in their wildest dreams. Among those impacted
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New Jersey Courts Make it Easier for Commercial Landlords to Change the Locks and for Lenders to Foreclose

Changes to Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standards may change federal environmental due diligence requirements.

At both the state and federal levels, purchasers of commercial property are required to perform certain environmental investigations in order to shield themselves from liability for contamination found after the
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Changes to Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standards may change federal environmental due diligence requirements.

Appeals Court Critical of Law Firm’s “Scorched Earth” Collected Tactics in Landlord Tenant Case

Law firms hired by landlords in collection actions against tenants can be liable to pay the tenant both statutory penalties and attorneys fees if they use improper collection practices. That’s
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Appeals Court Critical of Law Firm’s “Scorched Earth” Collected Tactics in Landlord Tenant Case

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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