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Federal and State Agencies’ Enforcement Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has undoubtedly shocked society and has currently brought life as most Americans know it to a screeching halt. What many Americans fear is that during these trying times, their obligations, whether it be financial or statutorily required, will continue to exist despite non-essential businesses being ordered to close and many people losing their jobs Read More

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WHEN PURCHASING CONTAMINATED PROPERTY, CAVEAT EMPTOR SAYS THE APPELLATE DIVISION

At the end of July the Appellate Division handed down a decision recognizing significant leeway and discretion to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP” or “the Department”) under the Industrial Site Recovery Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1K-6 through -18 (“ISRA”). In CD&L Realty, LLC v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Docket No. A-4066-13T3 (App. Read More

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Pre-emption of solid waste regulation in NJ can be a real problem for local officials

The Superior Court of New Jersey in Gary Walker d/b/a Omega Material Recovery v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, (2015) considered an appeal to amend the Burlington County District Solid Waste Management Plan (the District Plan) in order to approve a site for a solid waste transfer station and material recovery Read More

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New Jersey Appeals Court Finds Christie Administration Illegally Repealed RGGI-Related Climate Regulations

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that the state was not permitted to repeal administrative regulations without going through the formal rule making processes of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), even if the subject regulations are tied to a regional cooperative effort in which the state is no longer participating. In the case, captioned Read More

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Extension of Extensions: Deadline to Apply for Extension of Remedial Investigation Deadline Postponed

The May 7, 2014 Remedial Investigation Deadline Under New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act The Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”), N.J.S.A. 58:10C-1 et seq., requires that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection undertake direct oversight of a remediation of certain contaminated sites when the person responsible for conducting the remediation fails to complete the Read More

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NJDEP Adopts Correction to Air Minor Source Grace Period Determination

On November 18, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) amended the Air Administrative Procedures and Penalties Code, N.J.A.C. 7:27A-3.10(m)16, to change a violation of N.J.A.C. 7:27-16, Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution by Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) for Vapor Control Systems from a minor violation to a non-minor violation. A gas distributing Read More

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Appellate Division Holds Municipality Liable for Damages for Failure to Comply with Easement Agreements

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division held in Petrozzi v. Ocean City that beach-front property owners are able to recover damages for the failure of a municipality to comply with easement agreements. At the end of the 1980’s, Ocean City initiated a dune restoration program and acquired easements from property owners in order to 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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January 2013 Environmental Law & Land Use Update

Our latest newsletter is out! In this issue, our attorneys discuss: The latest developments in New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”) jurisprudence; Updates to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Vapor Intrusion Guidance; Challenges to the NJDEP’s controversial “waiver rule;” An update concerning our firm’s efforts to help residents of the Paulsboro, NJ community Read More

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New Jersey Court of Appeals rules in favor of DEP’s ability to create public beach access over private property

In an April 2020 decision of a matter comprised of 63 consolidated cases, the New Jersey Court of Appeals affirmed that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) has
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New Jersey Court of Appeals rules in favor of DEP’s ability to create public beach access over private property

Changes to expect in environmental regulation with the incoming administration

President-elect Joe Biden ran on a platform that highlighted climate change and environmental regulation as national priorities. His plans state the intention to take the necessary steps to decrease our
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Changes to expect in environmental regulation with the incoming administration

NJDEP files Additional Natural Resource Damages claims

The State DEP continues to pursue natural resource damages (called NRD) claims. These are lawsuits where the relief sought is not just a cleanup, which is normally the relief sought
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NJDEP files Additional Natural Resource Damages claims

Landlords: Insurance companies now are denying many Mold Claims

Landlords and other property owners have so much on their plates. They need to worry about increasing utility costs. Taxes are always rising. So are maintenance and repair costs. Then there
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Landlords: Insurance companies now are denying many Mold Claims

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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