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New Jersey Appeals Court Says “Ongoing Storm Rule” No Longer Applies to Commercial Real Estate — Will This Lead to A Slippery Slope?

For years many lawyers and property owners in New Jersey believed that the “ongoing storm rule” was applicable in this state.  Under that rule a commercial property owner had no duty to treat or remove snow or ice during a storm.  The duty arose after the storm ended at which time reasonable removal efforts had Read More

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Insurance Broker Loses Lawsuit in a Case Involving the “Named Storm Deductible”

Perhaps you are not familiar with the Named Stormed Deductible in insurance policies for commercial operations. If so it might be a good time to visit this issue. The broker in a lawsuit called Wakefern Foods v BWD Group, LLC probably wishes it had a better grasp of this policy provision before it sold an 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 Appellate Division reviewed the Trial Court’s grant of Summary Judgment in favor of Defendants.   This suit arises out of a claim under the New Jersey Read More

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

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 property.  The syllabus and opinion for this case, Cherokee LCP Land, LLC v. Read More

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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

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 Mid-Atlantic Insurance Company, Docket No.: A-4426-16T3, where defendant sought an appeal from a trial court bench decision where she was held liable for damage to Read More

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NJ Federal Court Provides Hope to Insureds Unable to Locate Historic Liability Policies and Coverage

In E.M. Sergeant Pulp & Chemical Co., Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co., Inc., plaintiff policyholder sought coverage and defense costs for environmental pollution claims under policies allegedly issued by defendant insurer. Civ. No. 12-1741, 2015 WL 9413094 (D.N.J. Jan. 17, 2017).  Plaintiff, a distributor of heavy industrial inorganic chemicals and raw materials, owned property in Read More

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State of New Jersey Not Liable for pre-1977 Hazardous Discharges

On March 27, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a very important decision concerning Spill Act liability in contribution cases.  In the case of NL Industries, Inc. v. State of New Jersey, the Court held that the State is not liable to pay cleanup costs for “pre-Act” discharges, meaning discharges that occurred before the Read More

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Laches to defeat a private party contribution claim under the Spill Act?

In 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that private party contribution claims under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (the “Spill Act”) are not time barred by a statute of limitations. See Morristown Associates v. Grant Oil Co., 220 N.J. 360 (2015).  Accordingly, private claims for contribution pursuant to the Spill Act Read More

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When Remediation Goes Wrong: Appellate Division Says Remedial Efforts May Constitute Evidence Spoliation

In 18-01 Pollitt Drive, LLC v. Engel, the Appellate Division held that the discard of piping, a sump pit, and concrete flooring during remediation constitutes spoliation of material, physical evidence. Docket No. A-4833-13T3 (App. Div. Oct. 31, 2016).  Spoliation of evidence occurs when a litigant has “hidden, destroyed, or lost relevant evidence and thereby impaired Read More

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Appellate Division Sheds Light on Procedural Requirements for Certain Environmental Claims

A recent Appellate Division case shed some light on certain procedural requirements for environmental claims. In Bradley v. Kovelesky, et al., Docket No.: A-0423-14T4, the claims before the court pertained to an 8.3 acre property in Middletown Township. Lawrence Carton, deceased June 2007, purchased the property January 2006. Carton set out to build a residence Read More

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Condo Liability In Snow Storms

by: Noah Botwinick The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently overturned a grant of summary judgement to a defendant community association sued by a pedestrian who slipped on ice in a condominium
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Lieberman Blecher and Sinkevich Announces New Partner and New Associate

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich, PC is proud to announce the naming of Ms. Brittany W. DeBord, Esq. as a shareholder. Brittany joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2016,
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Village of Ridgefield Park v. Outfront Media, LLC and Planning/Zoning Board of the Borough of Bogota

The Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently upheld a board decision to approve the settlement of an application for a conditional use variance and final site plan approval
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PCBs and other chemicals found in Colonia high school

How is it that PCBs and other cancer causing compounds have been found in Colonia High School? Where is the outrage? Where is the speedy competent response? A mother of a
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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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