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Trial Involving Connecticut Environmental Protection Act

Coalition of Environmental Advocacy Groups

Served as lead counsel for a coalition of grass-roots advocacy groups and concerned neighbors. Developer proposed a strip-mall retail development, including a "big-box" retailer, at the former site of the Charter Oak Housing Project in Hartford, adjacent to the Park River. Housing project had been razed ten years prior and seeded with field grasses. Area evolved into a habitat for several migratory bird species and various and varied types of plant and animal life. Plaintiff clients sought to protect existing environmental resources and prohibit proposed retail development. After multiple-day bench trial before Judge Marshall Berger involving several nationally recognized expert witnesses, court determined that plaintiffs had not demonstrated that proposed retail development was likely to unreasonably impair the natural resources of the state. Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice v. Development Options, Inc., CV-03-0828997-S, J.D. of Hartford at Hartford.

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