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Should the Association Pool be Reopened During COVID-19?

As the State of New Jersey slowly recovers from COVID-19, Governor Murphy has begun to reopen the state and relax restrictions on businesses and activities. Under Executive Order 153, outdoor swimming pools are allowed to reopen effective June 22, 2020. However, pools that are reopening during this time must comply with standards and policies issued Read More

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Homeowner Associations Must Enforce Social Distancing Rules

We have seen some community association managers take the position that compliance with government ordered social distancing and stay at home orders are government problems, not community association issues. Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich sees this in a different light. We believe that community associations cannot ignore these highly unusual public obligations. Community Associations Must Stop Read More

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New Jersey Appeals Court Says “Ongoing Storm Rule” No Longer Applies to Commercial Real Estate — Will This Lead to A Slippery Slope?

For years many lawyers and property owners in New Jersey believed that the “ongoing storm rule” was applicable in this state.  Under that rule a commercial property owner had no duty to treat or remove snow or ice during a storm.  The duty arose after the storm ended at which time reasonable removal efforts had Read More

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Law Division Dismisses Complaint Regarding Planning Board Jurisdiction in Commercial Development

The New Jersey Law Division dismissed in March 2014 the complaint of Pavilion Homeowners Assn. v. Brick Twp. Planning Board, Law Div. (Ocean County) (Grasso, A.J.S.C.) (10 pp.), regarding a proposal to construct a Roy Rogers restaurant in the Township. The Court was faced with deciding whether or not the defendant’s notice to nearby owners Read More

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Appellate Division Rules in Favor of Defendants in Condo Association Rent Recievership Case

In Woodlake at King’s Grant Condominium Association, Inc. v. Coudriet, the New Jersey Appellate Division addressed the issue of rent receivership in the community association context. Generally, a community association seeks the appointment of a receiver so that it can rent out a vacant unit and use the proceeds to pay overdue assessments, which was Read More

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Court Permits Condo Association to Pursue Contractors for Common Area Damage Absent Unit Owner Approval

In Port Liberte II Condominium Association v. New Liberty Residential Urban Renewal Company, the NJ Appellate Division reinstated a condominium association’s multi-million dollar lawsuit over construction defects, holding that the contractors sued by the Association lacked standing to enforce a bylaw requiring unit owners to approve the litigation before it is filed. The Court further Read More

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Court Rules in Favor of Community Association Business Judgment Rule

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently addressed a community association case, Apple Ridge Condominium Association v. Rodgers, in which a unit owner alleged that the Association caused him to be rejected for a reverse mortgage on his condominium by engaging in bad faith through its involvement in a lawsuit with a group of fee simple Read More

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Condo Association Not Liable for Icy Sidewalk Fall

Icy Sidewalks Find an Audience with the Appellate Division Winter is in full effect. With sidewalks covered in snow, falls on ice are occurring throughout the state. Community associations concerned about their liability regarding these falls can refer to the recent Appellate Division decision in Cuiyun Qian v. Toll Bros. The plaintiff resided with her Read More

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Limiting Liability for Condominium, Homeowner and other Community Associations

On March 20, 2013, the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled in Irma Sanchez v. The Villages Association that the burden of proving the validity of a community association’s bylaws limiting its liability in personal injury cases rests with the injured plaintiff. It is beneficial for community associations, their boards, professional managers and unit owners 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
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Environmental Hearing Requests by Third Parties: An Update

Hoboken cannot block residential development with new zoning ordinances, Supreme Court holds

In Shipyard Assocs., LP v. City of Hoboken, 242 N.J. 23 (2020), the Supreme Court held that the City of Hoboken could not block a waterfront residential development by enacting
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Hoboken cannot block residential development with new zoning ordinances, Supreme Court holds

Long standing land use attorney Michele Donato joins Princeton’s Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich as “of counsel”

The law firm of Lieberman, Blecher & Sinkevich is  proud to announce that Michele R. Donato, Esq. has become Of Counsel with their firm. Ms. Donato has specialized in land use,
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Long standing land use attorney Michele Donato joins Princeton’s Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich as “of counsel”

RLUIPA case in SDNY challenges alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish community

In December 2020, the Southern District of New York filed a lawsuit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) against the Village of Airmont. The suit alleges
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RLUIPA case in SDNY challenges alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish community

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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