By Clark Mindock (July 1, 2022 at 1:58 p.m. EDT) — A construction company cannot escape potential liability for dumping dredged material into wetlands on the Georgia coast without proper permits, despite its claims that the violations occurred before the company became involved.

A Georgia federal court said Thursday in an order denying TowneClub Construction LLC’s motion to dismiss allegations that it and co-defendant Mortgage of America Lenders violated the Clean Water Act when they met the terms of a permit US Army Corps of Engineers did not comply for development on St. Simons Island.

The lawsuit was filed by nearby property owners who allege the defendants had been dealing with…

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