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The New Jersey Beach Access Saga Continues

In a much anticipated decision that came down on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey found that the 2012 beach access rules constructed by the Christie Administrative were invalid. The three-judge panel declared the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) was not authorized to promulgate the Read More

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New Jersey Makes a Splash by Winning Two Tidelands Cases

In Lisowski v. Borough of Avalon (2015), the Superior Court of New Jersey considered two consolidated appeals, Lisowski v. Borough of Avalon and State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection v. Township of Delanco, each challenging the timeliness of the State of New Jersey’s claims of ownership to certain tideland property. The two disputes Read More

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New Jersey Supreme Court Examines Nuisance and Trespass Regarding Leaking UST, Rules Out Suit Against Neighbor’s Insurance Carrier

On August 6, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided Ross v. Lowitz,Nos. A-101 September Term 2013, 074200. The Court’s opinion sheds some light on the state of New Jersey nuisance and trespass law. Yet it also raises some important questions about what a Plaintiff alleging environmental contamination and seeking tort damages must prove in Read More

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The Exxon Settlement Paves the Way for future reviews of NRD claims

Judge Hogan has tried and overseen many environmental cases and that fact was evident in the over 80 page decision that he wrote last week upholding the frequently maligned $225 million settlement between the state DEP and the oil giant. While many people argued the state should have gotten more, largely because the state itself Read More

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Appeals Court: Municipality Cannot Be Forced to Adopt Planning Board Recommendations

What does a governing body do when a municipality’s planning board recommends changes to its master plan?  Does the council have to adopt the changes to the municipal ordinance?  Can the council reject the recommendations?  Or can it simply ignore the planning board altogether?  On January 16, 2015, the Appellate Division’s opinion in in Myers 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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N.J. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Dunes and Against Ocean Views

On July 8, 2013, at the intersection of environmental and eminent domain law, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in Borough of Harvey Cedars v. Karan, ____ N.J. ____ (2013). The backdrop of this case was a beach restoration and storm protection project on Long Beach Island funded by federal, state, and Read More

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NJDEP Announces Emergency Recovery Permit Rules Now Official

On June 20, 2013, the Christie Administration announced that they have officially adopted rules that simplify the permitting process for certain types of recovery projects relating to Superstorm Sandy. The Administration had implemented some of these rules as an emergency in April 2013, but now they are being formally implemented into the recovery requirements. The 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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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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Terranova vs. General Electric Pension Trust: Clarifying (or complicating) defenses under the Spill Act

On January 4, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division handed down a decision in Terranova vs. General Electric Pension Trust, Docket No. A-5699-16T3 (hereinafter, “Terranova”). In Terranova, The New Jersey
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Terranova vs. General Electric Pension Trust: Clarifying (or complicating) defenses under the Spill Act

NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval

On August 2, 2018, New Jersey’s Supreme Court held that a holder of a municipal tax lien may have standing to challenge a local planning board’s approval for a neighboring
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NJ Supreme Court Sees Standing in Tax Lienholders to Challenge Municipal Approval

The Downside to Higher Ground: Appellate Division affirms finding of a townhome owner’s negligence and responsibility for water damage to a below unit caused by a prolonged leaking washing machine hose

On August 1, 2018, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division ruled in favor of plaintiff in the matter captioned Joseph S. D’Elia v. Joyce Campisi and Liberty Mutual
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The Downside to Higher Ground: Appellate Division affirms finding of a townhome owner’s negligence and responsibility for water damage to a below unit caused by a prolonged leaking washing machine hose

United States Supreme Court Tackles Key Clean Water Act Judicial Review Issue

National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense, et al. 583 U.S. ____ (2018) Decided January 22, 2018 Since the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the definition of “the waters
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United States Supreme Court Tackles Key Clean Water Act Judicial Review Issue

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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