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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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The Friendly Neighborhood Scheme

You have lived happily in your home for years, content with the fact that all the houses on your street appear the same from the outside. A deed restriction that applies to all the homes on the street, helps make sure the neighborhood looks consistent and uniform throughout. But then, a new neighbor comes in, 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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Manalapan Cemetery’s Application for Crematorium Accessory Use Requires Zoning Board Approval, Appellate Division Holds

Even though a crematorium performs a similar function to a traditional cemetery, a pre-existing nonconforming cemetery cannot add one to its grounds, extending its nonconformity, without Zoning Board approval. In Old Tennent Cemetery Association v. Township of Manalapan Planning Board, Docket No. A-2961-19 (App. Div. Oct. 20, 2021), Old Tennent Cemetery Association appealed the dismissal Read More

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NJ and NY Courts side with insurance companies over hotels concerning certain COVID-related claims

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced shutdowns across the world, the hospitality business was amongst the hardest hit industries in terms of economic loss. In response, some hotels have filed insurance claims under their property and business income insurance in hopes of recuperating some of these losses. Courts are now tasked with evaluating the unprecedented issue 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 very little to address, sometimes just several thousand dollars. But we have also seen residential tank cleanups that have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Read More

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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 dangerous activities are strictly liable for harm coming from those activities, independent of fault. This is called strict liability and for decades oil companies have Read More

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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, encaptioned Pass-A Grille Beach Community Church Inc. v. City of St. Pete Beach concerned a municipal challenge to a church’s evangelical practices that occurred while Read More

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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 Bay Head’s decision to grant a certificate of pre-existing non-conformity, declaring that a backyard accessory structure had plumbing in it for years prior to Read More

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Environmental Hearing Requests by Third Parties: An Update

In 2010 this author contributed an article discussing the difficulty that anyone other than an applicant had in administratively contesting a permit. Stuart J. Lieberman and Shari M. Blecher, “It’s No Party for Third Parties,” 200 N.J.L.J. 1, 1-2 (2010). Things have not improved. In two recent cases, the Appellate Division made clear that third Read More

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Recent Blog Posts

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

The Friendly Neighborhood Scheme

You have lived happily in your home for years, content with the fact that all the houses on your street appear the same from the outside. A deed restriction that
Read More
The Friendly Neighborhood Scheme

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

Manalapan Cemetery’s Application for Crematorium Accessory Use Requires Zoning Board Approval, Appellate Division Holds

Even though a crematorium performs a similar function to a traditional cemetery, a pre-existing nonconforming cemetery cannot add one to its grounds, extending its nonconformity, without Zoning Board approval. In Old
Read More
Manalapan Cemetery’s Application for Crematorium Accessory Use Requires Zoning Board Approval, Appellate Division Holds

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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