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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 two new zoning ordinances within two years of the development’s final approval. In 2012, Shipyard Associates received final approval from the Hoboken Zoning Board to Read More

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NJ Appeals Court Requires Hearing on Wetlands Impacts in Post-Condemnation Valuation Proceeding

After New Jersey Transit used its power of condemnation to take fourteen acres of vacant land in North Bergen from a private landowner (Mori), a valuation proceeding followed. The case, New Jersey Transit v. Mori, focused on one of fourteen acres that contained wetlands regulated by the federal government (US Army Corp of Engineers or 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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New DEP Permit Rules will Simplify Sandy Recovery Efforts

The Christie Administration filed emergency rules to assist in the expedition of Superstorm Sandy-related recovery and rebuilding on March 17, 2013. These rules are meant to cut through unnecessary red tape that is delaying some aspects of New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy for both homes and businesses. The rules also contain portions that will expedite Read More

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NJDEP Can Conduct Warrantless Searches Under Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

In 1987, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9B-1, et seq. (“FWPA”), to protect and regulate New Jersey’s vast sensitive freshwater wetlands. This law followed the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1, et seq., which delineated and regulated New Jersey’s coastal wetlands. The FWPA established a permitting process which a Read More

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Post-Sandy Dune Construction: Not So Fast

Did Superstorm Sandy make it safe for the State to deride waterfront property owners for refusing to allow the State to erect two-story beach dunes on their waterfront property? The State may think that such extreme protective measures may be more politically palpable because, after living through Sandy and witnessing her destruction, New Jerseyans better Read More

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NJDEP "Waiver Rule" Upheld by Appellate Court

On March 21, 2013, an Appellate Division panel upheld the controversial “waiver rule” adopted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) last March. The rule has been promulgated at N.J.A.C. 7:1B-1.1, et seq. An outgrowth of Governor Chris Christie’s effort to reduce bureaucracy and encourage economic growth through application “common sense principles,” the Read More

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Recent NJ Appeals Court Ruling May Bring Trouble for Victims of Superstorm Sandy

Property owners affected by Superstorm Sandy may be in for a big surprise as they try to re-build their homes and businesses. In a recent NJ Appellate Division case, Motley v. Borough of Seaside Park, No. A03214-11 the Court strictly construed N.J.S.A.40:55D-68, holding that the statute only allows a nonconforming structure to be rebuilt if Read More

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"Rebuilding New Jersey," a Seminar on Nov. 29 at 5:30p

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich will be participating in a seminar focused on “Rebuilding New Jersey,” in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  This devastating storm has left businesses, municipalities, homeowners and the legal community with many many questions.  We will be teaming up Read More

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Rebuilding in the Wake of Sandy: Insurance, Legal and Regulatory Issues

New Jersey and New York residents have suffered through one of the most difficult storms in American history with an unmatched trail of destruction in this part of the country.  Now (and well over the next few years), comes the process of rebuilding what was lost or damaged. There will be serious economic and emotional 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
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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
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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,
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RLUIPA lawsuits and free beach parking

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
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Appellate Division Confirms Accessory Building’s Unused 80-Year-Old Plumbing Fixtures are Preexisting Nonconformity

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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