Failure of Notice Deadly to Plaintiff's Claim

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The District Court of New Jersey in a case of first impression recently held that a New Jersey resident’s lawsuit under the New Jersey Environmental Rights Act (“ERA”) must be dismissed due to her failure to give the appropriate parties notice. (Scott v. Dupont, 2009 WL 901135 (D.N.J. April 1, 2009). Although the plaintiff later provided the requisite notice, the court held that the notice provision under the ERA is a mandatory condition precedent and plaintiff’s failure to properly file notice is fatal to her claim.

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