Just this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Morristown Associates v. Grant Oil Company that the general six (6) year statute of limitations for real property damage does not apply to private contribution claims under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act. As it currently stands, such claims for contribution under the Spill Act do not fall within any statute of limitations. The Court identified the only defenses under the Spill Act as those actions or omissions “caused solely by war, sabotage, or God” or those in other, very limited circumstances. The Court’s ruling effectively allows parties performing remedial activities to seek contribution and recoup some, if not all, of the costs associated with the cleanup at any time thereafter.
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