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No res judicata defense in commercial landlord tenant case

The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently reversed a trial court’s decision to deny a property owner’s motion for reconsideration after the Law Division in Morris County determined that the doctrine of res judicata precluded the claim. In Phillipsburg Deli & Mini Mkt., LLC v. Babla Fuel Stop, LLC, No. A-1792-21 (App. Div. Dec. 8, 2022), a Read More

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Commercial Landowner’s Duty to Remove Snow and Ice During a Storm

In New Jersey, do commercial property owners have a duty to remove snow and ice from their property while it is still snowing or raining? Except in unusual circumstances, the New Jersey Supreme Court says no. On June 10, 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision held that a commercial landowner does Read More

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New Jersey Courts Make it Easier for Commercial Landlords to Change the Locks and for Lenders to Foreclose

The COVID pandemic began in March of 2020 and placed many individuals, businesses and mortgage lenders in circumstances which seemingly only ever existed in their wildest dreams. Among those impacted by the pandemic, were landlords and tenants, both residential and commercial. Landlords needed to continue collecting rent, or have the ability to find tenants who Read More

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Appeals Court Critical of Law Firm’s “Scorched Earth” Collected Tactics in Landlord Tenant Case

Law firms hired by landlords in collection actions against tenants can be liable to pay the tenant both statutory penalties and attorneys fees if they use improper collection practices. That’s the ruling in an appeals court decision in the case of Kelly Williams v. Gluck & Tobin Esquires and Irving Tobin, which upheld an attorneys 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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