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HTMLMDE Accepting Rental Property Registration Applications
Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 2014
As of January 1, 2015, owners of rental properties built before 1978 are required to register them with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). Before that date, owners of rental properties built before 1950 were required to register them with the MDE and to comply with a lead paint risk...

 

HTMLGreen Building Code Changes in Baltimore City Could Impact Building Modifications
Margaret M. Witherup; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 2014
A bill now under consideration by the Baltimore City Council could make it more difficult to make modifications of many existing non-residential and multifamily buildings and to obtain exceptions based on cost, feasibility, or historic nature of the building.

 

Adobe PDFThe Wait is Over: A Party Can Now File a Contribution Claim Prior to the Completion of a Cleanup
Deborah A. Kelly, Heidi S. Minuskin, Michelle D. Murphy; Coughlin Duffy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014
One of the most valuable tools in a responsible party’s arsenal, a contribution claim, can now be used to take immediate action against other potentially responsible parties for damages at contaminated sites in New Jersey. This important tool ensures that parties do not pay more than their...

 

HTMLImproper Asbestos Removal at School for the Blind Site
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 26, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently investigating the possibility of improper asbestos removal at the site of the former Michigan School for the Blind. The investigation has followed after Michigan construction company, MAC Contracting, LLC, was accused of improperly and unsafely...

 

HTMLBelieve It Or Not, The Clean Water Act May Actually Help You
John B. King; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 25, 2014, previously published on August 18, 2014
Most industrial sites have wastewater discharges, and most people know those discharges must be permitted under the Clean Water Act (CWA). What many people do not know, including some consultants, is the CWA has a "permit shield" that could protect your company or client from liability to...

 

HTMLNJ Supreme Court Asked to Consider Bare Metal Defense
Armand J. Della Porta, Paul C. Johnson, Timothy D. Rau; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 22, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
As a follow up to the case of Hughes v. A.W. Chesterton, 2014 N.J. Super. LEXIS 54 (App. Div. 2014), which was reported in the May issue of Legal Update for Toxic Torts, the Plaintiff has petitioned to New Jersey to consider the issue of "whether a manufacturer, which has a duty to warn of the...

 

HTMLJury Finds in Favor of Defense in Philly Benzene Case
Timothy D. Rau; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 22, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014
In the case of Estate of David Butler v. Sunoco, March Term 2012, No. 1641, tried before Judge Rosalyn Robinson in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the defendant, Sunoco, where it was alleged that use of the defendant's gasoline caused the...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Questions De Minimis CERCLA Settlement and Deference to State
Jeremy Esterkin, Denise G. Fellers, Mae Kieng Hau, Rick R. Rothman; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 22, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014
The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Arizona v. Tucson rebuked a district court’s rubber-stamp approval of several consent decrees under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The district court failed to adequately scrutinize the decrees...

 

HTMLCovering the Waterfront: Comprehensive Water Resources Management
Christopher P. McCormack; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 21, 2014
Public Act 14-163 authorizes the Water Planning Council, established by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 22a-33o, to prepare a comprehensive state water plan.

 

HTMLFederal Court Determines Low Levels of Carcinogens PCE and TCE Insufficient to Establish Private RCRA Cause of Action Absent Expert Testimony
John J. DiChello; Blank Rome LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 2014
Further underscoring the importance of expert testimony to support environmental claims, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Leese v. Lockheed Martin Corp., et al., No. 11-5091 (JBS/AMD), 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110889 (D. N.J. Aug. 12, 2014), held that a plaintiff...

 


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