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Oil Company Not Liable to Neighbor for Leaking Underground Tanks

Oil Company Not Liable to Neighbor for Leaking Underground Tanks Gasoline Station Owner Not Liable for Damage to Neighbor Who Did Not Properly Allege Harm A property owner whose investment property was contaminated by a leaking gasoline station next door had his property damage case dismissed because he failed to completely allege all of his Read More

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NJ Supreme Court to Hear Argument in Environmental Spill Case on Oct. 6

NJ High Court to Decide if 6 Year Statute of Limitation Applies to Environmental Cleanup Cost Recovery Claim Under the Spill Act On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of New Jersey will be hearing oral argument in Morristown Assoc. v Grant Oil Co., 432 N.J.Super 287 (App. Div. 2013), a case involving the statute Read More

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Home Buyers, Beware of Environmental Due Diligence

In a recent article appearing in the New Jersey Law Journal, we address the growing obligation for purchasers of residential real estate to conduct reasonable environmental investigations prior to closing on a new home. Read the Article: Home Buyers Beware Our attorneys frequently assist homeowners, real estate professionals and trusts that invest in residential and commercial Read More

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Underground Storage Tanks: What You Need to Know

As an environmental lawyer, leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) are not by any means a new phenomenon to me. But if you’re a homeowner, or potential homeowner, having issues with an UST, the odds are that it will be the first time that you’ve encountered them and you might be overwhelmed by what it entails. Read More

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Federal Grant for Remediation of Sandy-damaged UST’s Announced

Recently, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will administer a $2.3 million grant issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to aid homeowners and operators of underground storage tank (UST) facilities remediate tanks that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The State will be contributing a 10% match of 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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Responding to Environmental Impacts and Contamination from Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, residents throughout New Jersey and New York have been experiencing impacts from discharges and releases of petroleum and hazardous substances into the environment.  Heating oil leaks and other releases from above ground tanks have been prominent as a result of high winds, falling trees and damaged infrastructure.  Flood waters Read More

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Homeowner Fails to Conduct Due Diligence; Found Liable for Environmental Cleanup

In a wake-up call for the residential property market, on September 28, 2012, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court  found that a residential property owner with a leaking underground storage tank that was “closed” before he purchased the property was liable for cleanup costs because he failed to conduct a due diligence Read More

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NJDEP's Handling of Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks after May 7, 2012

As everyone in the environmental community in New Jersey is now well-aware, the privatization of environmental clean-ups in New Jersey as required by the Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”), which was signed into law by Governor Corzine on May 7, 2009, comes into full effect on May 7, 2012.  As of May 7, 2012, all Read More

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March 2012 Newsletter: USTs, Landfills, Environmental Insurance and more

In this issue of the Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich P.C. newsletter, our attorneys discuss the frequency of new underground storage tank release claims, the need for enviornmental insurance, and landfill-related litigation in South Jersey. Read it here.

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EPA plans to increase criminal enforcement of environmental laws as part of environmental justice efforts

Many of the U.S.’s environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, contain criminal enforcement measures. These criminal enforcement measures range from significant fines to
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EPA plans to increase criminal enforcement of environmental laws as part of environmental justice efforts

States file petition in U.S. Supreme Court over EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations

On June 18, 2021, twenty (20) states along with additional supporters filed a request for appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that has the potential to affect States’ rights to
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States file petition in U.S. Supreme Court over EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations

EPA announces next step of clean-up plan at Superfund site in Burlington County

The Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site spans 400 acres and straddles the border of Cinnaminson and Delran in Burlington County. “Superfund sites,” such as this one, are designated by the
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EPA announces next step of clean-up plan at Superfund site in Burlington County

Police Departments’ Arrest Records are Public Records Subject to Public Disclosure, Supreme Court Says

Even if the judiciary creates the forms and stores them once completed, arrest records are still police records subject to public disclosure under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), the
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Police Departments’ Arrest Records are Public Records Subject to Public Disclosure, Supreme Court Says

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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