Consultants in Bank Lawsuit Saved by the (Statute of Limitations) Bell

Christmas arrived early for two environmental consulting firms when a federal district court ruled in Bank United, N.A. v. Merritt Environmental Consulting Corp, 2018 U.S. Dist. Lexis 214448 (S.D.N.Y. 12/20/2018) that a lender had waited too long to file a complaint against the consultants for failing to identify radioactive contamination in a phase 1 environmental …

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JP Morgan Chase Actually Acquired “Toxic” Assets During the Great Recession

During the Great Recessions, the term “toxic assets” became a cliché. It was used to describe loans and other financial instruments that had fallen significantly and for which there is no longer a functioning market. The presence of these so-called toxic assets on their balance sheets caused many banks to fail. As it turned out, …

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OER Adopts Rule Easing Path For Removing E-Designations From Properties

The New York City Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) recently adopted revisions to its regulations governing the E-Designation program that will make it easier for property owners to remove the hazardous materials E-Designation (Haz Mat E). We previously discussed the E-designation program in a Post covering the tools available for developing contaminated sites. Pursuant to Section …

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Trump Administration Infrastructure Plan Proposes CERCLA Amendments

Earlier this week the Trump Administration unveiled its “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”.  Among the proposals were three amendments to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) that are designed to incentivize redevelopment of contaminated properties. The proposal can be viewed Here.  Since this document is an overview, it does not …

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Court Rules that “Hoosick Falls” SOL exception applies to Hoosick Falls Litigation- Duh!

Sweener v. St.-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19893 (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 7, 2018),  is the first reported decision interpreting CPLR  § 214-f-the 2016 amendment to the New York statute of limitations applicable to personal injuries or property damage resulting from latent effects of exposure to toxic substances. This lawsuit is one of several …

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NY Governor Proposes Another BCP Tax Credit Deferral

[Editors’ Note- The final Budget that was approved at the end of March did not include the BCP Tax Credit Deferral ]. In his recent budget proposal, Governor Cuomo proposed a three-year BCP tax credit deferral. The proposed deferral which is located in Part S of Revenue Article VIII is similar to that enacted in …

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NYSDEC Clarifies COC Deadline for 38 BCP Sites

As regular readers of this blog are aware, the the 2015 amendments to the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) created three deadlines for applicants to obtain Certificates of Completions (COCs) depending when the site was accepted into the BCP. Generation 1 (Gen1): sites accepted on or before June 22, 2008 have to obtain COC …

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