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A state appellate court has just upheld a DEP decision denying a homeowner’s application to move a pier by six feet from its prior location. The DEP held, and the Court agreed, that moving the pier resulted in its losing its “legacy status” and therefore new, more restrictive rules apply. The case is entitled Dunn Read More

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Law Firm Stops Franklin Township Two Warehouse Proposal

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich has prevailed in its effort to block a warehouse proposal in Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey.  The project, referred to as the “B9” application, was to construct two warehouses near and along what the Township refers to as a scenic corridor.  On September 26, 2023 the Franklin Township Planning Board Read More

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National Cancer Institute Launches Studies to Investigate Link Between PFAS and Various Cancers

Perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) is one of thousands of chemicals in a family known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”). In 2017, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identified PFOA as a possible carcinogen in humans. To further science’s understanding of the carcinogenicity of PFAS, the National Cancer Institute’s (“NCI”) Division of Cancer Epidemiology Read More

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Court Reverses Hamilton Planning Board Decision Because Alternates Were Improperly Permitted to Cast Votes

In New Jersey, our planning boards and land use boards all consist of regular members as well as alternate members. Alternate members are those members who participate when there is an absence or disqualification of a regular board member. Pursuant to NJSA 40: 55-D23 the question arises, when there is an open position on a Read More

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Appeals court upholds Industrial park requirements to undertake environmental cleanup but rejects DEP’s demands for penalties

A New Jersey appeals court has affirmed the decision of a New Jersey trial court requiring an industrial establishment to conduct a full environmental remediation at its property. This occurred in the case of Dorine Industrial Park Partnership versus NJ DEP, at al, which was decided on March 6, 2023. At issue was a business Read More

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Lieberman Blecher and Sinkevich Announces New Partner and New Associate

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich, PC is proud to announce the naming of Ms. Brittany W. DeBord, Esq. as a shareholder. Brittany joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2016, with a focus on environmental law, including litigation, regulatory compliance and permitting, as well as toxic exposure litigation, real estate transactions, and land use matters. Read More

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Village of Ridgefield Park v. Outfront Media, LLC and Planning/Zoning Board of the Borough of Bogota

The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently upheld a board decision to approve the settlement of an application for a conditional use variance and final site plan approval to install a billboard on property along a highway. In Village of Ridgefield Park v. Outfront Media, LLC and Planning/Zoning Board of the Borough of Read More

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PCBs and other chemicals found in Colonia high school

How is it that PCBs and other cancer causing compounds have been found in Colonia High School? Where is the outrage? Where is the speedy competent response? A mother of a student who is an environmental scientist took samples that revealed that there are unsafe levels of PCBs and other chemicals at a Colonia High Read More

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Condo Association Is Awarded Monthly Fees and Penalties, but not Counsel Fees

The State Appeals Court has just issued an opinion awarding monthly condominium assessments and some penalties, but reversing a lower court’s sizable award of counsel fees. In Cross Roads Condominium Association v. Cosentino, Appellate Division Docket Number A-3599-20, decided on September 28, 2022, the Court ruled that the trial court did not adequately review the Read More

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Appellate Division applies rarely used equitable doctrine to preserve HOA

The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently found that sums owed by a bank to a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) after the bank acquired a portion of a residential community at a foreclosure sale were not discharged despite the sequence of recordation, in direct contravention of New Jersey’s recording statute. In Fulton Bank of Read More

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  • On the Run: Runner/lawyer DeBord out to protect the environment she loves

    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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