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New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Issues Press Release Announcing Natural Resource Damages Lawsuits

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 5, 2007

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a press release announcing the filing of lawsuits seeking natural resource damages.  To view the press release on the state of New Jersey's website, please click here.

Through these suits, the State seeks monetary damages from parties “above and beyond cleanup costs and fines” that have already been incurred through environmental remediation efforts.  According to DEP Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson, the DEP has filed “approximately 120 lawsuits” against various companies seeking such damages.  A list of the suits DEP is currently pursuing can be found on the state of New Jersey's website. To view the list, please click here

The 120 lawsuits consist of newly or recently filed cases by DEP or its special counsel, as well as existing cases that are still open.  For the open cases, the original natural resource damage claims in the open cases date back anywhere from several months to several years.  Beveridge & Diamond has handled many cases of this nature in New Jersey and other states, and several of the lawsuits listed by DEP are currently being addressed by the firm’s experienced attorneys.  Natural resource damages cases can result in substantial monetary assessments against defendants, and the recent decision in New Jersey Dep’t of Envt’l Protection v. Exxon Mobil Corp. (N.J. App. Div. June 6, 2007) will further affect these lawsuits. 

If you or your client are on the list referenced above and would like more information about these types of suits in New Jersey and recent case law developments, please contact John Hanson, (202) 789-6015 or Steve Jawetz (202) 789-6045 for more information. 

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