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New Standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

On November 6, 2013, the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) published new standards for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“ESA”). Phase I ESAs are conducted to assess the environmental condition of commercial real estate for potential buyers. The ASTM’s E1527-05 standard has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to satisfy the 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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Lieberman & Blecher Paves the Way with 1st Victory for the City of Vineland!

Lieberman Blecher & Sinkevich was hired as special environmental counsel by the City of Vineland concerning the former Pure Earth Recycling facility previously located within the City. Pure Earth was engaged in recycling activities that involved processing contaminated soils, waste oil, and other materials on the property. Pure Earth abruptly ceased operations in 2011 due Read More

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New DEP Permit Rules will Simplify Sandy Recovery Efforts

The Christie Administration filed emergency rules to assist in the expedition of Superstorm Sandy-related recovery and rebuilding on March 17, 2013. These rules are meant to cut through unnecessary red tape that is delaying some aspects of New Jersey’s recovery from Sandy for both homes and businesses. The rules also contain portions that will expedite 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 Updates Elevation Standards and Flood Maps

On March 26, 2013 the Administration of Governor Christie filed an adoption package that will set new statewide elevation standards, based on flood maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This package will keep an emergency rule from January 2013 in place. The update reflects the first change to New Jersey’s coastal county flood 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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NJDEP Updates Vapor Intrusion Guidance

Effective this month, the NJDEP has updated its vapor intrusion guidance.  Vapor intrusion or “VI” refers to hazardous substances in contaminated soil or groundwater that may volatilize (i.e., disperse as a gas) and migrate upward through subsurface soils or other pathways and impact the indoor air quality of overlying buildings.  Depending on the extent of hazardous substances 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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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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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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