The New Jersey Appellate Division approved for publication a landmark decision concerning interpretation and application of the Grace Period Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-127 to 133.
Marisol is a case of first impression involving the application of the Grace Period Law to two alleged violations of the Solid Waste Management Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1E-1, et seq. (SWMA). In finding that these two alleged violations warranted Grace Period treatment, the court noted that the Grace Period Law was enacted in 1995 "to 'fast track' remediation of minor violations rather than impose monetary penalties." As noted by the court, "[i]n this case, the Commissioner lost sight of that aim."
"This decision is a victory for all New Jersey businesses and for the DEP, both of which need to and should focus on significant environmental issues and not on petty items, corrected immediately by conscientious companies such as Marisol," said Martha N. Donovan, the partner at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. who argued the case on behalf of Marisol. Ms. Donovan was assisted by Norris McLaughlin partner Edward A. Hogan and associate Suzana D. Loncar.
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Norris McLaughlin partner, has been named chair of the New Jersey Matrimonial Young Lawyers Committee of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Ms. Lawrence devotes her practice to litigation and mediation of family law matters, including custody, visitation, divorce and adoption. In 2003, Ms. Lawrence was selected by her peers as one of New Jersey's Top 10 matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40.
Ms. Lawrence also has been named to the Office of Attorney Ethics' District XIII Ethics Committee, serving a four-year term effective September 1. The Office of Attorney Ethics acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in discharging the court's constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys.
Edward A. Rademaker has joined Norris McLaughlin as of counsel. Mr. Rademaker will practice in the New York City office within the Intellectual Property Department.Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Mr. Rademaker served as a military attorney in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps.