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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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DEP to pursue cleanup of Lower Hackensack River

Last week, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced that the DEP will pursue the cleanup of the Lower Hackensack River as a federal Superfund site. This means that, if the designation request is accepted, the DEP will be working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a Read More

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EPA plans to increase criminal enforcement of environmental laws as part of environmental justice efforts

Many of the U.S.’s environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, contain criminal enforcement measures. These criminal enforcement measures range from significant fines to jail time. On June 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a memorandum outlining the agency’s plans to increase enforcement of these environmental statutes 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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New Jersey families allege birth defects and severe illnesses due to major chemical companies’ discharges and emissions

Families in New Jersey have filed multiple lawsuits in the District Court of New Jersey alleging that their birth defects and/or illnesses are the result of chemical pollution. Four suits have been filed over the last year and others appear on the horizon. The named major corporate defendants include DuPont, Chemours Arkema, and 3M. The Read More

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Warehouse Construction in NJ May Be Curtailed in Proposed Legislation

New Jersey State Senate subcommittees are currently considering a bill (S-3688) that aims to dramatically slow shipping and distribution warehouse construction across the State. Recently it seems that is the only thing that anyone has wanted to build in this state but some lawmakers believe that there may be such a thing as too many Read More

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Attorney General, Department of Environmental Protection file another round of environmental justice lawsuits

Just last week, Attorney General Grewal and DEP Commissioner LaTourette announced a new slew of environmental justice lawsuits filed with regard to nine different properties across the state. Seven of the nine lawsuits are intended to address pollution in “overburdened communities,” including Secaucus, Edison, and Egg Harbor City. The complaints allege numerous environmental claims, including Read More

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Stormwater drainage in New Jersey causes increasing issues between neighbors across the state

New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country. As development continues across the state, flooding disputes between residential neighbors are becoming increasingly common. Generally, a residential property owner is not responsible for the natural stormwater drainage pattern. This means that if your property sits at a lower elevation than your neighbor’s, your Read More

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Most recent paraquat lawsuit filed by New Jersey resident against Syngenta, Chevron

For several years, Syngenta, the manufacturer of paraquat, an herbicide, has faced legal consequences due personal injury caused by this chemical, specifically Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, on March 25, 2021, Paul Rakoczy, a New Jersey resident, filed a lawsuit against Syngenta entities as well as Chevron USA Inc. for damages created by his Parkinson’s diagnoses, 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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Don’t Let a Leaking Heating Oil Tank Ruin Your Life

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
Read More
Appeals Court Allows Strict Liability Claims to Proceed Against Large New Jersey Refinery

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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