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New Online Services Announced to Accelerate Applications for Permits and Public Notifications

In an effort to continue reducing red tape and delays in vital Sandy rebuilding and recovery projects, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced May 9, 2013, that a new series of online services has been launched. These services are aimed to streamline and digitize the permit application and public notification process. Both 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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NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Anti-Fracking Legislation

In an earlier blog post this July, we reviewed recent hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) developments in New Jersey and New York. The legal and political landscape concerning fracking continues to evolve, including in Trenton, where, on September 21, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed bill A-575—a proposal to ban wastewater and other hydraulic fracturing Read More

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NJ Appeals Court Invalidates ISRA Regulation Requiring “Contamination Free” Certifications For Certain Industrial Sites

On Friday, July 6, 2012, the New Jersey Appellate Division invalidated a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) regulation requiring owners or operators of industrial establishments seeking an ISRA de minimis quantity exemption to certify that the land at issue is “clean,” i.e., free from contamination above specified action levels.  This decision, which may Read More

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NJ Community Association Liability for Maintenance of Public Sidewalks

Community Associations are often concerned about the extent of their liability for the maintenance of public rights of way located within their boundaries. The New Jersey Supreme Court recently shed light on this issue in the case of Luchjeko v. Hoboken, where the Court held that condominium associations are not liable to pedestrians injured as Read More

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Recent Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Concerning Clean Water Act (Wetlands) Enforcement

Earlier in January, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sacket v. EPA, a Clean Water Act (“CWA”) enforcement case that concerns whether CWA administrative orders are subject to pre-enforcement judicial review. In the Sacket case, the property owners planned to build a home on a one-half acre parcel of land in Idaho. After Read More

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EPA Report Suggests "Fracking" May Cause Groundwater Contamination

The issue of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) has been hot topic of late, in no small part because of the search for cheaper, more reliable sources of domestic energy. Fracking refers to the process by which pressurized water or fluids are injected into a geologic formation in order to create fractures in the rock that Read More

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New Jersey's LSRP Program Is Up and Running

Under recent changes to New Jersey’ s environmental statutes concerning environmental cleanups, remediation of most contaminated properties in New Jersey will no longer be supervised by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”). Instead, licensed professionals known as Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, or LSRPs, will have the responsibility of reviewing and approving environmental cleanups Read More

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Recent Appellate decision emphasizes the consequences of failing to perform due diligence

In December 2020, the NJ Appellate Division published a decision emphasizing the importance for purchasers of property use their “due diligence” period to learn as much as possible about the
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Recent Appellate decision emphasizes the consequences of failing to perform due diligence

New Jersey has ambitious goals for emission reductions

New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act (“GWRA”) calls for New Jersey to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from their 2006 levels by 2050. In January 2020, Governor Murphy
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New Jersey has ambitious goals for emission reductions

San Diego Receives Federal Funding to Fight Mexican Sewage

San Diego has just received substantial federal funding from the EPA to address a chronic problem: raw sewage coming from Tijuana Mexico. That sewage has been migrating over the border
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New Jersey Supreme Court rules for NJ Transit in insurance claim for damages due to Superstorm Sandy

A New Jersey Supreme Court opinion issued on January 27, 2021 affirmed an Appellate Division decision in favor of NJ Transit over its insurers. In 2012, when Superstorm Sandy hit
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New Jersey Supreme Court rules for NJ Transit in insurance claim for damages due to Superstorm Sandy

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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