Business and non-business landowners face a variety of challenges related to the environment.  Some, but not all, of the challenges arise from enforcement actions brought by government agencies.  Those claims not brought by government agencies are often ripe for mediation.  Examples of such entirely private actions are claims:

  • that real property has been damaged by emissions by one or more off-site source(s);
  • that business operations have been adversely affected by off-site sources;
  • that improvements to the property of a nearby landowner have caused on-site damage (such as a storm water management system allegedly causing flooding to an adjacent owner) ; and
  • that off-site construction interferes with on-site expected property enjoyment and value (examples of interference include claims of excess noise or creation of an “eye sore”).

Claims such as those above listed often not only involve monetary issues, but engineering and/or emotional as well.

Bruce Harrison has considerable experience litigating and counseling clients regarding such issues.  He has tried cases both brought by government agencies and those which were entirely private cases.  He served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of a regional environmental conservation organization.  These experiences assist him in having a broad perspective and problem solving oriented focus.

If you would like to know more or need assistance with the mediation of a private environmental claim in New Jersey, contact Bruce at 856-914-2098 or by email at bharrison@capehart.com.