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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Army Corps Jurisdictional Determinations as Judicially Reviewable Final Agency Actions

On May 31, 2016, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc. that an Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional determination (“JD”) is a judicially reviewable final agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act (the “APA”). No. 15-290, slip op., 578 U.S. ___ (May 31, 2016). Read More

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Appellate Division Upholds NJDEP’s Decision Rejecting Sewerage Authority’s Phosphorus Limitation Plans

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) properly rejected the findings of an administrative law judge (ALJ) which would have allowed several northern New Jersey sewerage authorities to implement “as needed” treatment programs to limit the phosphorus content of water discharged into state Read More

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L&B Helps to Protect Lake Hopatcong, Ensure Public Access & Protect Property Rights

Our legal team at Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich recently filed a lawsuit and order to show cause on behalf of a landowner on Lake Hopatcong against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Hopatcong State Park’s proposed drawdown of Lake Hopatcong’s water, scheduled to commence on September 22, 2013. The proposed drawdown would Read More

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State Assembly Passes Bill that Strips Some Government Agency Heads of Veto Power

On April 29, 2013, the New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that will have far reaching impacts on administrative law in New Jersey. The bill known as A-1521 would effectively strip certain agency heads of their current veto powers over the decisions of administrative law judges in contested state agency decisions. The bill Read More

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NJDEP Can Conduct Warrantless Searches Under Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act

In 1987, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9B-1, et seq. (“FWPA”), to protect and regulate New Jersey’s vast sensitive freshwater wetlands. This law followed the Wetlands Act of 1970, N.J.S.A. 13:9A-1, et seq., which delineated and regulated New Jersey’s coastal wetlands. The FWPA established a permitting process which a Read More

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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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Court Does Not Buy The "It's My Consultant's Fault" Argument, Affirms Penalties Against PRP for Sampling Failures

In a recent environmental case decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court upheld a $20,000 penalty assessment against a leading South Jersey fuel oil company for failing to engage in proper sampling after an underground storage tank containing gasoline was found to have leaked.  The appeals court was not persuaded by the responsible parties’ “it’s my Read More

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Firm Saves County Recycling Facility from Closure

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich was recently retained by a Central New Jersey recycling facility targeted by the County for closure.  The County had sought an Order from a Superior Court to shut the facility on the basis that it allegedly posed several environmental risks. In order to prepare for oral argument an Order to Show 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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NJ Appellate Court Invalidates NJDEP Decision on Freshwater Wetlands Violations

The New Jersey Appellate Division has reversed several severe penalties assessed under the Freshwater Wetlands Act and several related statutes, which were levied against an owner of historic property in Lebanon and Washington Townships in New Jersey. The case, which was initially heard before the Office of Administrative Law, was appealed after the NJDEP Commissioner Read More

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Supreme Court concludes that attorney review period is not a requirement of absolute auction contracts

On June 9, 2022, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously decided that attorney review period is not a required contractual provision for a residential real estate sale by absolute auction.
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Supreme Court concludes that attorney review period is not a requirement of absolute auction contracts

It Depends on the Language – The Non-Disparagement Clause

How enforceable is a non-disparagement clause in an agreement? As is always the case with any contract or agreement, it depends on the language. On May 31, 2022, the Appellate Division
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It Depends on the Language – The Non-Disparagement Clause

DCA Tries Again to Use RSIS to Limit Municipal Stormwater Controls

By Michele Donato, Esq. and Stuart Lieberman, Esq. In the 1990’s, developers claimed that municipal residential development ordinances lacked uniformity, increased development costs, and caused uncertainty in the development process. In
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DCA Tries Again to Use RSIS to Limit Municipal Stormwater Controls

Previous Property Manager Charged with Embezzling and Laundering Stolen Funds from Hamilton Park CO-OP.

Nicolas DePaola of Ewing New Jersey was indicted on twelve charges for embezzling and laundering stolen money from his prior client, Hamilton Park CO-OP. On April 1, 2022, a Mercer
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Previous Property Manager Charged with Embezzling and Laundering Stolen Funds from Hamilton Park CO-OP.

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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