Industrial Site Recovery Act: An Environmental Consideration For New Jersey Life Sciences Facilities

4/22/2014| Article

By Thomas Spiesman and Lisa M. Bromberg

Life sciences companies must consider the applicability and requirements of various environmental laws and regulations that may apply to operations and transactions. In the State of NJ, the Industrial Site Recovery Act ("ISRA"), N.J.S.A.13:1K-6 et seq. is one such law which, if applicable, may entail significant regulatory requirements.ISRA compliance is triggered by the transfer of ownership or operation of an "industrial establishment." There must be both an "industrial establishment" and a transaction to trigger ISRA.

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A Second Bite at the Apple? CAFA Jurisdiction After Class Certification Denial

2/4/2014| Article

By Steven P. Benenson and John T. Chester

The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) expanded federal jurisdiction over class actions by granting district courts original jurisdiction over putative class actions in which minimal (rather than complete) diversity exists and the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million.See 28 U.S.C. § 1332 (d)(2). CAFA defines “class action” as “any civil action filed under [Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23] or similar State statute or rule . . . .” Id. at (d)(1)(B). The claims of individual class members are aggregated to determine whether the amount in controversy exceeds the CAFA jurisdictional threshold. Id. at (d)(6). By enacting CAFA, “Congress sought to check what it considered to be the overreadiness of some state courts to certify class actions.” Shady Grove Orthopedic Assocs., P.A. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 130 S.Ct. 1431, 1473 (2010) (Ginsburg, J., dissenting) (citing CAFA’s legislative history).

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Round Table: Environment Law

4/29/2013| Article

By Lisa M. Bromberg

We have spoken to some key figures from around the globe to dissect the issues which surround environment law such as recent regulatory changes and litigation risk. We also discuss the best strategy going forward for reducing emissions and attempt to predict what eco-friendly products could potentially dominate 2013 while also trying to foresee possible, future key trends.

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'Partners for Women and Justice' Honors Lauren Handler

5/7/2015 06:00 PM| Event

Porzio was a proud Platinum Sponsor of the Partners for Women and Justice 2015 Annual Spring Benefit.  Lauren E. Handler, Esq. was honored alongside David Kott, Esq. as a Partner in Hope recipient.  D. Jeffrey Campbell, Esq. served as co-chair the Honorary Spring Benefit Committee. The event took place May 7, 2015 in West Orange, NJ.

Partners is a non-profit organization that empowers low-income and abused women to build safe and secure futures for themselves and their children by providing equal access to justice.  The Annual Spring Benefit serves as a tool to help break the cycle of violence and abuse in our area.

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