NJ Enviro Agency Beats Farmer’s Oyster Grab Suit

By Bill Wichert (July 12, 2022, 2:01 p.m. EDT) – A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday torpedoed an oyster farmer’s lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Protection for confiscating and disposing of shellfish he had harvested in waters unfit for human consumption, saying the agency is immune from liability as it acted “in good faith” to protect public health.

In the latest chapter of Marc Zitter’s legal wrangling with the department, an appeals panel found that the DEP and related defendants were entitled to “bona fide immunity” by overturning a summary judgment ruling. trial judge on February 16 that allowed him to pursue certain claims about the 2013 raid that…

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