Innocent purchaser; Innocent purchaser defense; pre-purchase inquiry; due diligence; NJDEP v. Dimant; Spill Act; Underground storage tank; and Contamination.

New Jersey property buyers need to be aware of liability for existing contamination as a result of failing to do an appropriate environmental investigation prior to purchasing.  The recent case State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. v. Timothy Shea, No. A-4124-10T1 (App. Div. Sept. 28, 2012) illustrates such risks.

In State Farm, Kimberly