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Lights Go Out on Green Stadium Litigation

  Today we are going to take a hiatus from the discussions of green building in the current financial markets and, instead, wrap up what potentially could have been major green building litigation.  On October 17, 2008, the Lerner family and the D.C. Government resolved litigation stemming from the LEED-Silver certified Washington Nationals Stadium.    … Continue Reading

Anyone Using Energy Star Benchmarking?

To finish off the week at Green Building Law Update, we are going to attempt to answer another reader question with the help of all the readers out there. In a previous post, Anna MacLeod posted the following question:  I need to find some DC-based architect, commercial building development companies, etc… Anyone who would be affected … Continue Reading

Southern Builders v. Shaw Development: Green Building Damages

Today we are wrapping up our discussion of Shaw Development v. Southern Builders, one of the first examples of major green building litigation.   On Monday we discussed the basic facts of the case; on Wednesday we looked at the contractual green building requirements between the two parties; and on Friday we looked at Shaw Development’s … Continue Reading

Southern Builders v. Shaw Development: The Most Important Part!

This week at GBLU, we are focusing on the Shaw Development v. Southern Builders case, the first significant example of green building litigation.  On Monday, GBLU explained the importance of the case and reviewed the basic facts.  Today GBLU will review the most important part of the case, the contract between the parties and accompanying … Continue Reading

Southern Builders v. Shaw Development: Green Building Litigation

Way back on August 13, GBLU’s inaugural post focused on the impending green building litigation and factors that would cause the litigation.  One of the factors that was described focused on parties’ financial expectations:  “Parties undertaking green building projects for purely financial reasons will expect to make a profit.”  In order to make a profit … Continue Reading

Stadium LED Lights Strike Out?

Back in August, GBLU discussed protracted disputes between the Washington D.C. Government and the Washington Nationals owners over the construction of the Nationals’ new stadium.  The dispute centers on when the LEED certified stadium was substantially complete.  To date the Lerner family, the team owners, have withheld payment of $3.5 million as a result of … Continue Reading

Green Building Attorneys Warn of “Carnage”

If you are in green building and worried about associated risks, this may be a post you do not want to read.  On September 11, the Journal Record published an illuminating, but chilling, article regarding green building litigation.  The opening sentence really says it all: As LEED projects proliferate, lawyers foresee an era of green-construction … Continue Reading
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