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May 2022 Insurance Update: New Insurance-Related Disclosure Requirements in NY and Recent Decisions in NJ & PA on Inflation-Based Premium Adjustment and Voluntary Payment Issues

In recent months, New York has engaged in a flurry of lawmaking regarding civil defendants’ obligations to make insurance-related disclosures. This month’s Insurance Coverage Update examines the major provisions associated with this legal change. This post also addresses new case ...

Bitcoin Industry Responds to Call for Regulation by House of Representatives Letter

In response to recent scrutiny regarding potential environmental violations by bitcoin mining data centers, Bitcoin industry executives authored a letter from the industry group Bitcoin Mining Counsel to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Signatories include leadership from ...

New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Rates Among Highest in Nation

A foreclosure market report for the first quarter of 2022 shows that New Jersey ranked second in the nation for the number of foreclosures per housing unit (1 in every 792), behind only Illinois (1 in every 791). The report, compiled by ATTOM Data Solutions, showed that one in every 1,795 housing ...

DOJ Announces Environmental Justice Strategy and New Office of Environmental Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced several initiatives to advance environmental justice interests, including restoring federal prosecutors’ authority to include special environmental justice projects in settlements and establishing a federal Office of ...

FERC New Climate Policy Impacts Under Review

The potential impacts from the climate policy changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulations continue to evolve. Public comments have been submitted by environmental groups, industry groups and states in response to the FERC's proposed climate policy changes to ...

United States Expands National Environmental Policy Act Reviews – More Scrutiny on Infrastructure and Development Anticipated

This week, the Council on Environmental Quality issued a final rule amending the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), effectively revoking changes made in 2020 by the Trump Administration that limited the scope of NEPA reviews. The rule is phase one of a two-part process, with ...

Caution Before the Storm

Recreational marijuana will be available for sale in New Jersey beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st.

A few things for employers to remember:

  • Employers can require a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.
  • Employers can prohibit the use, consumption, being under the influence ...
EPA Accepting Comments on Proposed National Priorities List Superfund Sites, Including Hackensack River

On March 17, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed that five new sites, including the Lower Hackensack River and the Brillo Landfill in Victory, New York, be added to the National Priorities List. The EPA is currently accepting comments on these proposed listings ...

The Fight Over Federal Jurisdiction Continues - U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Seeking to Limit Jurisdiction Over Wetlands

This week, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case concerning the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The case, brought by private landowners in Idaho, may ultimately determine the test to be applied when development is proposed in or near wetlands ...

U.S. Highest Court Reinstates Trump Administration Water Rule

The Supreme Court of the United States has temporarily reinstated the Trump-era water rule limiting the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement under the Clean Water Act.  The 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided a new—more narrow—definition of ...

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