TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that in 2015 the Division of Law (DOL) obtained settlements and judgments that combine for more than $451 million on behalf of the state.
Monies obtained come from environmental litigation, taxation matters and lawsuits alleging consumer, securities and other fraud, as well as other types of affirmative litigation and debt recovery actions.
“Day in and day out, our dedicated lawyers are in every corner of the state doing work that matters – protecting children from abuse and neglect, preserving the environment, protecting consumers, preserving public financial assets and safeguarding civil rights, to name just a few,” Hoffman said. “While the dollars recovered in any given year can be influenced by many variables, there is one constant – the very high caliber of legal representation being provided by our division of law attorneys.”
Significant work by division attorneys in 2015 included the historic $225 million ExxonMobil environmental settlement that resolves the company’s liability for alleged damage related to its refinery operations in Bayonne and Linden. The agreement with ExxonMobil represents the largest environmental settlement with a corporate defendant in New Jersey’s history.