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Appeals Court: Municipality Cannot Be Forced to Adopt Planning Board Recommendations

What does a governing body do when a municipality’s planning board recommends changes to its master plan?  Does the council have to adopt the changes to the municipal ordinance?  Can the council reject the recommendations?  Or can it simply ignore the planning board altogether?  On January 16, 2015, the Appellate Division’s opinion in in Myers Read More

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Appellate Division Takes Victory in Wetlands Takings Case from the State

A state appeals court reversed the dismissal of a regulatory takings law suit on April 17th in the case of LH Wagner Realty Corp and Leo H Wagner v. the DEP, Docket Number A-3441-12T4. The procedural history of the case is a bit confusing, but the essence of it concerns the effect of a state Read More

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NJDEP & NJSBA file Amicus Briefs in Spill Act 6-Year Statute of Limitations Case

Recently, both the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) filed amicus briefs asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to overturn an Appellate Division’s holding that a six-year statute of limitations applies to contribution claims under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”). Morristown Read More

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Court Permits Condo Association to Pursue Contractors for Common Area Damage Absent Unit Owner Approval

In Port Liberte II Condominium Association v. New Liberty Residential Urban Renewal Company, the NJ Appellate Division reinstated a condominium association’s multi-million dollar lawsuit over construction defects, holding that the contractors sued by the Association lacked standing to enforce a bylaw requiring unit owners to approve the litigation before it is filed. The Court further Read More

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Appellate Division Holds Spill Act and ERA Actions May Be Referred to NJDEP Until Site Clean Up Completed

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held that an action brought under the New Jersey Environmental Rights Act (ERA) to enforce the Spill Compensation and Control Act (Spill Act) may properly be referred to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) until the site clean-up is complete. In Meyer v. Constantinou, the owner of a former Read More

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Supreme Court Rules Victory Under CFA Does Not Guarantee Award of Attorney Fees

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled in Perez v. Professionally Green, LLC, et al. that a prevailing Plaintiff is not entitled to receive an award of attorney fees under the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) if they cannot prove an ascertainable loss relating to the violation. It was a decision that slightly weakened New Jersey’s Read More

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NJ Appellate Division Rules Spill Act Subject to 6-Year Statute of Limitations

In a decision that may upset decades of environmental remediation litigation in New Jersey, the Appellate Division held recently that the catch-all six-year statute of limitations for damages to property found in N.J.S.A. 2A:14-1 applies to contribution claims under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”). In Morristown Assocs. v. Grant Oil Read More

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NJ Appellate Division Addresses Condo Associations, Developers, & Lawsuits

Recently, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Belmont Condominium Association v. Geibel addressed the issue of when a condominium association has standing to sue a developer. The case involved a thirty-four unit condominium building in Hoboken called the Belmont. Seven years after the sale of the last unit, the community association sued the developer for Read More

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N.J. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Dunes and Against Ocean Views

On July 8, 2013, at the intersection of environmental and eminent domain law, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in Borough of Harvey Cedars v. Karan, ____ N.J. ____ (2013). The backdrop of this case was a beach restoration and storm protection project on Long Beach Island funded by federal, state, and Read More

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Public Entities Ruled Not Liable for Actions of Their Public Employees

In an expansion of governmental tort immunity, the New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled in Turner v. Township of Irvington that public entities cannot be held liable for a 9-1-1 operators’ conduct regardless of their level of culpability. The 9-1-1 operator at issue acted with willful and wanton conduct when they were the cause of Read More

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Underground storage tank leaks may lead to development delays and costly clean-ups

Earlier this month, multiple sources reported an oil leak at a redevelopment site in Haddonfield, New Jersey. According to the Borough of Haddonfield’s press release dated January 6, 2021, the
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Underground storage tank leaks may lead to development delays and costly clean-ups

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

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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