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New Jersey taking the lead on PFAS regulation

In 2018, New Jersey was the first state to establish enforceable standards for per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in drinking water. Despite these standards, there have continued to be cases of high levels of PFAS found in drinking water.  In January 2024, Governor Murphy signed legislation that would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Read More

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PFAS and Reproductive Health –how these chemicals are affecting not only conception but future generations

Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) are water and grease-resistant chemicals found in a wide range of consumer products and in our drinking water. A recent study known as the Singapore Preconception Study of Long-Term Material and Child Outcomes (S-PRESTO) found that higher exposure to PFAS chemicals were associated with reduced probability for clinical pregnancy and live birth.  Read More

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EPA to establish new federal PFAS regulations

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently collecting data and public comment concerning proposed changes to the regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS. PFAS are used in a multitude of different consumer products across numerous different industries, from clothing and furniture to the insulation of electrical wire. These chemicals are Read More

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NJDEP sues chemical companies over alleged public drinking water contamination

In November 2020, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed suit against multiple chemical manufacturers. The complaint alleges that discharge from the defendant manufacturers’ facilities has contaminated public drinking water as well as caused other environmental concerns in Gloucester County, New Jersey. The DEP asserts that the defendant manufactures released polyfluoroalkyl substances, more Read More

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New Jersey sues federal government over drinking water contamination allegedly caused by military base operations

On January 14, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) brought suit against the federal government under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 300f et seq.) and New Jersey’s Safe Drinking Water Act (N.J.S.A. §§ 58:12A-1 et seq.). The complaint alleges that contamination stemming from the use of aqueous film-forming Read More

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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 by DEP. Rather in NRD cases, the relief sought includes compensation for injury to or loss of a particular natural resource. This might relate to Read More

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  • On the Run: Runner/lawyer DeBord out to protect the environment she loves

    Bucks County Herald, January 4, 2024

    When Brittany DeBord runs along the Delaware River canal towpath or on the trails of Tyler State Park, she doesn’t just appreciate the natural beauty of the...

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  • 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 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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