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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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Middlesex County Water Contamination

On October 22, 2021, Middlesex Water Company sent a notice to all residents whose homes were supplied by Middlesex Water Company’s Park Avenue Treatment Plant in South Plainfield. Residences in parts of Edison, Metuchen, South Plainfield, and Woodbridge received this notice. Middlesex Water tested their groundwater and found that it contained levels of Perfluorooctanoic Acid Read More

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Governor Murphy signs three new bills into law with goal of combating lead exposure

As part of his Administration’s continued efforts to reduce lead exposure for residents across the State, Governor Murphy recently signed three bills into law. These new pieces of legislation work together to increase the testing and remediation requirements for lead-based paints and service lines made of lead parts. The first new law requires increased inspections Read More

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Environmental organizations and community members striving to remove lead from nation’s drinking water

Near the end of 2020, the Trump Administration proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While originally slated to have already taken effect, these rule revisions met immediate opposition in the courtroom from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice (on behalf of the NAACP and other organizations), as well Read More

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Tenants Must Be Informed of Lead in their drinking water

Governor Murphy just signed legislation (S968/A2836) that will require landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels. This is particularly meaning in New Jersey where we have many people impacted by lead in their water and where many people rent the places in which they live. Tenant notification was always a good practice. Now it Read More

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NJDEP sues chemical companies over alleged public drinking water contamination

In November 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed suit against multiple chemical manufacturers. The complaint alleges that discharge from the defendant manufacturers’ facilities has contaminated public drinking water as well as caused other environmental concerns in Gloucester County, New Jersey. The DEP asserts that the defendant manufactures released polyfluoroalkyl substances, more Read More

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Polluted drinking water case settled in Newark, NJ

Yesterday a federal District Court Judge signed an Order ending a lawsuit against the City of Newark relating to lead in its drinking water. The lawsuit had been filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Newark Education Workers Caucus, alleging violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act for allowing Newark residents and workers Read More

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New Jersey sues federal government over drinking water contamination allegedly caused by military base operations

On January 14, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) brought suit against the federal government under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 300f et seq.) and New Jersey’s Safe Drinking Water Act (N.J.S.A. §§ 58:12A-1 et seq.). The complaint alleges that contamination stemming from the use of aqueous film-forming Read More

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Our Drinking Water and Water Bodies Prevailed in The Maui decision

When most of us think of Maui, we envision great weather, lush vegetation, tiki bars and beaches. The very last thing that comes to mind are sewer plants and the risks they represent if they are not regulated. But the US Supreme Court’s recent and reasoned decision in County of Hawaii v Hawaii Wildlife Fund Read More

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Published Reports Claims EPA is Hiding True Lead Levels in Drinking Water

APM Reports (from American Public Media) has just released a report on May 4, 2020 that raises some critical questions not only about the quality of the water we are drinking, but the honesty of EPA’s testing program. In a nutshell, they assert that the water industry has prevailed in its attempts to make the 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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