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New Jersey Federal Court to Rehear Religious Freedom in Schools Case After SCOTUS Kennedy Decision

The District Court of New Jersey will reconsider a lawsuit over teaching children about Islam in a middle school “World Cultures and Geography” class, in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, 142 S. Ct. 2407 (June 27, 2022). In Kennedy, the Supreme Court held that a Washington State Read More

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Lieberman Blecher, Fords Man Sue Middlesex Water Company for Stage IV Cancer Caused by PFAS-Contaminated Tap Water

On July 7, 2022, Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich filed suit on behalf of Daniel Sullivan, a 30-year-old man seeking damages from Middlesex Water Company for the testicular cancer he was diagnosed with at age 25. Mr. Sullivan was raised in Fords, New Jersey from 1992 to 2018, where he ingested about one gallon of water Read More

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Lieberman Blecher and WoodMeier Farms File Suit Over West Amwell Cannabis Cultivation Facility Septic System

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich, P.C. and WoodMeier Farms, LLC filed a lawsuit against Green Medicine NJ, LLC, GMNJ Properties, LLC, and the Hunterdon County Health Department on June 30 for approving a septic system for the proposed cannabis cultivation facility in West Amwell. As reported by MyCentralJersey and Politico, the suit charges the Hunterdon County Read More

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Lieberman Blecher and Historic Paulus Hook Association Successfully Save Historic Jersey City Buildings from Demolition

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich, P.C. successfully represented the Historic Paulus Hook Association before the Jersey City Zoning Board on June 7, protecting two historic buildings from demolition. In 2018, St. Peter’s Preparatory School filed an application with the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission requesting a certificate of appropriateness for demolition of two 19th-century buildings formerly Read More

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Amended Law Allows Additional Time for Condo Associations to Sue Developers

Governor Phil Murphy signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Statute of Limitations, which allows more time for condominium and cooperative associations to sue real estate developers in certain circumstances. New Jersey’s Statute of Limitations, N.J.S.A. 2A:14-1, has for years stated that any plaintiff has six years from the date of accrual to Read More

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Appellate Division Rejects Property Owner Challenge to Condemnation Designation as Out of Time Under Local Housing Redevelopment Law

A Lindenwold woman was out of time to challenge her property’s condemnation designation when she did not challenge the condemnation until three years after the land use board passed a resolution recommending the designation, the Appellate Division held this April. In Borough of Lindenwold v. Mildred Jackson et al., Docket No. A-1308-20 (App. Div. April Read More

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Amended Law Allows Additional Time for Condo Associations to Sue Developers

Governor Phil Murphy signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Statute of Limitations, which allows more time for condominium and cooperative associations to sue real estate developers in certain circumstances. New Jersey’s Statute of Limitations, N.J.S.A. 2A:14-1, has for years stated that any plaintiff has six years from the date of accrual to Read More

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Governor Murphy’s NJDEP Proposes New Rule to Limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration proposed a new rule to combat greenhouse gas emissions, just before the start of his second term in office. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection proposed its strongest set of greenhouse gas regulations to date under the state’s climate change initiative, NJ PACT: New Jersey Protecting Against Climate Read More

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Appellate Division Declines to Allow Developer’s Four-Month-Late DOT Permit Appeal, Citing No Change in Circumstances

A Maple Shade Township developer’s appeal of permit conditions was untimely when they appealed four months past the deadline and without any change in circumstances justifying deadline relaxation, the Appellate Division held this month. In Maple Shade Equities, LLC v. New Jersey Dep’t of Transportation, Docket No. A-3709-19 (App. Div. Nov. 17, 2021), developer Maple Read More

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NJDEP Required to Implement Some Portions of Governor Murphy’s Environmental Justice Law Immediately

On September 22, 2021, NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette issued Administrative Order No. 2021-25, requiring the Department to apply environmental justice standards to permit applications. While the Environmental Justice Law, signed by Governor Murphy in September 2020, cannot yet be fully implemented, this Administrative Order applies environmental justice requirements while we wait for the DEP to 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
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Screening for Criminal Record may lead to Fair Housing Act violation

A recent memo by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appears to lay the basis for a Fair Housing Act (the “Act”) complaint for discrimination in situations
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LBS Sues New Jersey Department of Transportation for Stormwater Easement in Cedar Grove

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich is proud to represent Carolyn O’Connell in her lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), for the damage caused to her property by a
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Religious Services Not Residential Uses, Appellate Division Holds

Weekly religious services, religious education programs, paid lunches and cooking classes are not residential activities within the meaning of a “residential use,” the Appellate Division held recently. In Welch v. Chai
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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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