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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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NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Anti-Fracking Legislation

In an earlier blog post this July, we reviewed recent hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) developments in New Jersey and New York. The legal and political landscape concerning fracking continues to evolve, including in Trenton, where, on September 21, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed bill A-575—a proposal to ban wastewater and other hydraulic fracturing Read More

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Update: Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade in New Jersey

The “cap-and-trade” emissions reduction concept is still a relatively recent phenomenon; one that uses free markets to help further the goal of environmental protection. In short, cap-and-trade limits the amount of air emissions that a facility can discharge into the atmosphere. When a facility emits less than its capped amount, it retains “credits” that can Read More

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Possible Changes to NJ Class Action Procedure

On May 21, 2012, the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee voted 6-0 in favor of A-894, which would establish a right to an immediate interlocutory appeal from class certification determinations in class action lawsuits. A class action is a legal mechanism that enables people allegedly harmed by a common act or omission to join with Read More

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Recent Hydraulic Fracturing Developments in New Jersey and New York

On June 25, 2012, the New Jersey Senate passed bill A-575 by a vote of 30-5 that would prevent hydraulic fracturing waste from entering New Jersey.  While New Jersey does not have the large pockets of natural gas found in neighboring Pennsylvania, no rules or laws have been enacted in New Jersey regarding the acceptance Read More

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Recent Blog Posts

Recent Appellate decision emphasizes the consequences of failing to perform due diligence

In December 2020, the NJ Appellate Division published a decision emphasizing the importance for purchasers of property use their “due diligence” period to learn as much as possible about the
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Recent Appellate decision emphasizes the consequences of failing to perform due diligence

New Jersey has ambitious goals for emission reductions

New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act (“GWRA”) calls for New Jersey to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from their 2006 levels by 2050. In January 2020, Governor Murphy
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New Jersey has ambitious goals for emission reductions

San Diego Receives Federal Funding to Fight Mexican Sewage

San Diego has just received substantial federal funding from the EPA to address a chronic problem: raw sewage coming from Tijuana Mexico. That sewage has been migrating over the border
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San Diego Receives Federal Funding to Fight Mexican Sewage

New Jersey Supreme Court rules for NJ Transit in insurance claim for damages due to Superstorm Sandy

A New Jersey Supreme Court opinion issued on January 27, 2021 affirmed an Appellate Division decision in favor of NJ Transit over its insurers. In 2012, when Superstorm Sandy hit
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New Jersey Supreme Court rules for NJ Transit in insurance claim for damages due to Superstorm Sandy

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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