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EPA Budget Cuts Leave Enforcement to the States and Individuals

I have written in this space before about the devastation being wrought by the Trump Administration on our Nation’s ability to protect the environment and its citizens from the health effects of toxins left behind by corporate polluters.  The Trump Administration cuts in the Federal budget, especially the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, have rendered the EPA toothless and impotent, and left legal enforcement and the protection of the environment up to the states, and in more and more instances, to individual citizens to enforce the environmental laws that remain on the books.

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Dash Cam Videos will be harder to obtain in New Jersey

What I call dash cam videos are called mobile video recorders (MVRs) in New Jersey. A Tuckerton police officer was chasing a lady in a car. The car headed towards Barnegat Township, where two Barnegat Township police cars joined the chase. The MVRs in the Barnegat Township police cars recorded the chase and the subsequent stop of the fleeing car. The MVRs also caught the actions of a second Tuckerton police officer and his dog during the arrest. The woman was pulled from her car. The police dog was allowed to attack and injure the woman. The Tuckerton officer responsible for the dog was subsequently charged with second degree official misconduct, third degree aggravated assault, and other offenses arising from his use of the dog.

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Partner Al Anthony and Associate James Barry on Environmental Class Actions

The first two years of the Trump administration have proven to be tumultuous, and the area of environmental regulation is no different, as the administration has sought to rollback or overturn over fifty environmental rules over the course of the first eleven months of the administration. This rollback has heightened the need for environmental class actions arising out of toxic exposures to both protect communities from polluters and act as a deterrent, encouraging companies to take adequate measures to avoid polluting their communities.  In considering the current administration’s apparent goal of undermining institutional environmental protections for communities, and in considering the real benefits our environmental class actions have had for communities which otherwise would have been left with no real means of redressing pollution, it is apparent that trial lawyers must step into the void to protect our communities from polluters through the class action device.  

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Asbestos in Crayons? Benzene in Markers? …. Oh My!

Back to School Season is upon us!  Stores are now filled with a plethora of backpacks, school supplies, and clothing.  Parents of school-aged children everywhere are preparing their children for school in hope of them being safe while learning much throughout the year.  Students are enjoying the last few days of summer before they embark upon an exciting new school year.

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Have Fun Dancing, But Please Be Safe

This summer, the KeKe Challenge (also referred to as the “#InMyFeelings Challenge”) has been an entire craze.  It is fun. It is spontaneous. It immediately sparks joviality. Even though there are specific moves to this KeKe dance, the KeKe Challenge has sparked much interest because it still allows an individual to express himself or herself creatively.  Of course, the best we have seen is the KeKe Challenge orchestrated by Will Smith, who had one of the best backgrounds in which he displayed his dance moves.  This Challenge has been a great way for people to express themselves all in a fun, spontaneous manner.  As soon as Drake’s song hits the stereo, one cannot help but begin to move.

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DUCK BOAT COMPANY CHOSE MONEY OVER HUMAN LIVES

A lawsuit filed in the federal court on July 29th, 2018 alleges that Ripley Entertainment “recklessly risked the lives of its passengers for purely financial reasons” which cost the lives of 17 people and injuring 14 others. The lawsuit continues on to say that the company knew that the duck boats were unsafe and knew the weather was not fit for the boat to go out onto the water.

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Partner Al Anthony on his work with CPNJ

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ) is an organization that has been dedicated to helping individuals with severe disabilities since 1953.  They work to enhance the lives of those less fortunate than others. Assisting them with personal growth, independence, and semi-integration in the community is of the utmost importance to this organization.   Fundraising is a key factor in helping this organization positively impact the lives of these individuals with disabilities.

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Article III Standing and the Landmark Spokeo Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied certiorari without comment in the landmark Spokeo case, after the popular people search engine company, Spokeo Inc., petitioned the Court to revisit its interpretation of Article III standing for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).

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A benzene case is more than just a case.

In 1998, I represented a young couple in their 40’s that emigrated from Italy.    We met under unfortunate terms as the husband was dying from leukemia. He was good man who sacrificed for his family taking whatever job he could to support them.  As a local mechanic, he was unaware that the products he used on the job were hazardous to him. He was exposed to benzene, which is a chemical proven to cause leukemia.  This exposure led to his premature death, leaving his wife to raise three young children on her own.

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is Retiring. The Environment, Already in Danger, is Further in Peril

This week Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court.  Justice Kennedy, a conservative, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.  Although conservative, Kennedy’s upbringing in California is credited for his strong libertarian streak, often causing consternation to his court colleagues and petitioners alike. Kennedy often acted as the swing vote on substantial cases, and his legacy will be debated for years.  Others will no doubt write on the effect that his retirement, and the effect Trump’s appointment will have on major issues such as the right to abortion and same sex marriage. This blog is concerned with the possible effect of his retirement on environmental regulations and the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting them.

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