Saturday, August 20, 2011

Court throws out fraud suit filed against LEED program

                  Updated  at 2:55 p.m. on August 8, 2011 to add related news stories

""The U.S. District Court in New York City yesterday (August 17, 2011) dismissed a lawsuit charging the U.S. Green Building Council with false advertising over its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, "the Environmental Leader blog  reports.

"Henry Gifford, an energy efficiency professional, filed the class action suit in October. He alleged that USGBC has falsely claimed that its rating system makes buildings save energy. Gifford has claimed that buildings can receive the highest LEED ratings regardless of how much energy or water they use.

"USGBC said the court dismissed the federal false advertising claims “with prejudice,” meaning plaintiffs are barred from filing a new suit based on those claims, and also dismissed the plaintiffs’ false advertising claims made under state law.

"The court held that none of the plaintiffs in the action had alleged or could allege any legal interest that would be protected by their lawsuit, the council said."

Read the entire story at: USGBC Beats LEED False Advertising Claims

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