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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 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 drain 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 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 Cause, 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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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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