Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against U.S. Green Building Council
August 17, 2011

The United States District Court in New York City today dismissed in its entirety the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington, D.C., by Henry Gifford and others, holding that none of the plaintiffs in the action had alleged or could allege any legal interest to be protected by their lawsuit.

The court dismissed the federal false advertising claims "with prejudice," meaning that the court's dismissal of those claims is final and that plaintiffs are barred from filing a new suit based on those claims. The court's ruling simultaneously dismissed plaintiffs' state law false advertising claims.

"This successful outcome is a testament to our process and to our commitment to do what is right," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer and founding chair of USGBC. "Thousands of people around the world use LEED because it's a proven tool for achieving our mission of transforming the built environment. We're grateful that the Court found in our favor so we can give our full attention to the important work before us."

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