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Gifford Lawsuit Against USGBC, LEED Dismissed

A lawsuit filed in October 2010 against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its LEED rating systems has been dismissed in a strongly worded ruling issued August 16. Following a motion by USGBC to dismiss the case and a court hearing of oral arguments in July 2011 a judge in federal court in New York City ruled against Henry Gifford and the other plaintiffs, throwing out the case.

The suit, brought by Gifford, a New York-based mechanical systems consultant, centers around his critique that USGBC falsely advertises that LEED guarantees energy savings in LEED-certified buildings (see “USGBC, LEED Targeted by Class-Action Suit,” EBN, Oct. 2010). Rather than issuing an opinion on that critique, however, the court focused on flaws in Gifford’s logic in bringing the case.

Published August 17, 2011

Roberts, T. (2011, August 17). Gifford Lawsuit Against USGBC, LEED Dismissed. Retrieved from