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September 2011


September 20, 2011 | Posted by Winefsky, Josh S. | Permalink

On August 15, 2011, Judge Leonard Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the U.S. Green Building Council’s motion to dismiss a complaint against it by several building design and construction professionals alleging violations of the Federal Lanham Act and New York law.  Judge Sand dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint due to lack of standing under the Lanham Act and declined to exercise jurisdiction over the state law claims.    Thus, the plaintiffs’ claims that LEED certification does not necessarily result in more energy savings for a building were not addressed on the merits.

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September 7, 2011 | Posted by Albert B. Chen | Permalink
Intellectual Property special counsel Albert B. Chen and associate Matthew F. Abbott's article "Protecting Green Products in Today's Business Environment" appeared in the August issue of Bloomberg Law Reports: Intellectual Property. The article focuses on how Green Products can be protected via patent, trademark and advertising laws. read more