Environmental Litigation

Our Environmental Litigation department has successfully represented numerous, current and former owners and operators in multi million-dollar cleanup cost recovery matters.  This unique area of the law requires a firm understanding of geological issues impacting groundwater flows, remediation techniques, past manufacturing practices, environmental law, insurance law and investigative and litigation strategies.


Environmental Litigation Representative Matters

  • Represented the owner of commercial buildings in Lodi, NJ destroyed by an explosion and fire at a neighboring chemical plant.  Because operations subsequently ceased, our client was required to clean up his property, which was contaminated by prior owners and tenants.  We successfully obtained contribution from the responsible parties and our client’s own insurance companies to fund the cleanup.  The property was eventually leased and developed into a major supermarket and office building.
  • Defended the former owner and operator of a bulk home heating oil facility against allegations that their property was contaminated during their ownership and occupancy.  We successfully negotiated a guaranteed cost contract and settled the case.
  • Defended a shopping center owner whose dry cleaning tenant was accused of contributing to the contamination of a groundwater aquifer that was used to supply drinking water to town residents.  After consulting with experts, we were able to uncover numerous other potential contamination sources and resolved the case by obtaining smaller contributions from a larger group of defendants.
  • Represented the owner of a former commercial truck stop under development.  The property had been badly contaminated as a result of leaking underground storage tanks.  We sued the prior owners and operators, including several oil companies, as well as our client’s insurers.  We were able to establish that the oil companies actually controlled the tanks and therefore were responsible for the majority of the cleanup costs, with the balance paid by our client’s insurance company. 

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