Archive: January 2006

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The “Greening” of New York
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K&LNG’s Arbitration World (U.S. Version), Winter 2005/2006

The “Greening” of New York

By Michael R. Gordon, Ruvym D. Gilman, Kathryn Plunkett and contribution by John R. Nolon, professor at the Pace University  School of Law and counsel to its Land Use Law Center.

This article appeared in the New York Law Journal on January 17, 2006.

Lawyers practicing in the design and construction fields cannot ignore emerging trends, and “green construction”— the use of environmentally conscious design, construction, and operation methods to create sustainable commercial and residential buildings—is an emerging trend.  For New York construction lawyers, it is an important trend because New York is leading the nation in green construction.  The number of green buildings and green construction projects underway in New York is steadily increasing.  Completed green buildings in New York City include the Solaire residential buildings in Battery Park City and Four Times Square.  Still to be completed are the Hearst Magazine Building and the Bank of America Tower near Bryant Park, to name a few.

Why the focus?  There are a number of reasons, including a concern for energy efficiency and a growing environmental consciousness, but the most notable cause is no doubt the adoption of mandatory green construction laws and guidelines and the creation of financial incentives on municipal, state and federal levels. . . . 

Read the full article here.

K&LNG’s Arbitration World (U.S. Version), Winter 2005/2006

By Thomas E. Birsic, Ian Meredith, Linda A. Kent, Peter R. Morton, Kelly D. Talcott, Matthew E. Smith and Clare Tanner.

Arbitration World highlights the significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

Welcome to the first edition of “Arbitration World,” a publication from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP’s Arbitration Group.  “Arbitration World” aims to highlight significant developments and issues in international arbitration that matter to in-house counsel and company executives with responsibility for dispute resolution.

In this issue we will be covering some recent decisions of the European Court of Justice which serve to highlight the benefits of agreements to arbitrate, and some English case law developments including a House of Lords decision re-affirming the English court’s noninterventionist approach to arbitration.

We look at the growing importance of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and how they might be used not only in claims by investors against governments of developing nations, but also in claims against Western States.

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