Governor DiFrancesco to participate in Special 9/11 tribute event on May 30, 2012.

Governor DiFrancesco will be the guest of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 9/11 President Joe Daniels at a special 9/11 tribute evening event on May 30, 2012. This special tribute shall recognize the 10th anniversary of the formal end of…

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Jeff Lehrer receives the William M. Cox award for exemplary service to the legal profession and to local government

We are pleased to announce that our partner, Jeffrey Lehrer was recently honored by at the N.J League of Municipalities Convention with the William Cox Award for exemplary service to the legal profession and to local government. Bill Cox is…


Martin Allen obtains dismissal of tax appeal where property owner did not provide information in response to a “may dismiss” letter.

In James Dale Enterprises v. Berkeley Heights, 26 N. J. Tax 117 (Tax 2011), Martin Allen, chairman of the firm’s Real Estate Tax Department successfully argued that a tax assessor’s request for income and expense information pursuant to…


Firm Partner, former Governor Donald DiFranceso to Speak on Upcoming Elections

Firm Partner, former Governor Donald DiFranceso and former Governor Florio as well as political analysts Julie Roginsky and Tom Wilson will speak on the top Senate and Assembly races in New Jersey and what the elections could mean for the …



Martin Allen Panelist for Upcoming Municipal Tax Appeal Programs

Martin Allen, partner in the firm, will be a panelist on “A Mock County Board Hearing” at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Association of County Tax Boards. Friday, September 2, 2011 at 9:00 am at The Grand…


Steven Kunzman to Co-Chair Seminar on Groundwater Contamination

Steve Kunzman, partner in the firm, will be a co-chair of a comprehensive conference: Groundwater Contamination and Vapor Intrusion Cases The seminar, which will be put on by Law Seminars International, will take place at the Sheraton Newark Airport…


In NRD claim, trial Court dismisses common law causes of action of nuisance and trespass under the statute of limitations as they are not “environmental laws” and there was no “continuing tort.”

In NJDEP v. Saint Gobain Plastics Corp. DiFrancesco, Bateman succeeded in having the State’s common law claims for natural resource damages (NRD) dismissed under New Jersey’s 10 year statute of limitations for the State’s assertion of claims: N.J.S.A. 2A:14A-1.2. Contamination…


Judge Harriet Derman (Ret) named to Judicial Advisory Panel.

Retired Judge Harriet Derman, who heads our alternative dispute resolution team, was named by Governor Chris Christie to his newly constituted Judicial Advisory Panel. The mission of the seven person Panel is to provide the Governor with “independent and…


Judge Harriet Derman, retired NJ Superior Court Chancery Division, has expanded the firm’s alternate dispute resolution services.

Judge Harriet Derman retired from the Bench in Somerset County where she had been the Presiding Judge of the Equity Division for Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties and the Probate Judge for Somerset County. She now leads the Alternative Dispute…


Tax Court Developments

In Davanne v. Edison, (see previous blog entry of Feb. 19,2010) Martin Allen successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court that the 8th Amendment prohibition against unreasonable and excessive fines does not apply to a dismissal of a…