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Adrienne M. Arlan is an associate attorney in the firm’s Chicago office. Her practice areas include sports and entertainment, construction, cyber risk and technology …

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Green Development Risks

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The emerging market of sustainable, or “green,” construction is attractive to buyers and developers as both a means of conservation and an effective marketing tool. Many buyers, contractors, and subcontractors are now attempting to enact green construction projects through various certification processes, which substantiate a structure as “green”. The LEED (“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”) certification, for example, is an internationally recognized verification that a development was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and indoor environmental quality. No matter what the primary focus of a green construction project may be, this relatively new frontier in the industry creates both unique economic opportunities and legal risks that contractors and subcontractors must not overlook when taking on sustainable business ventures. These opportunities and risks are ultimately tied to the methods and material of construction, and the contractual relationship between the developer and contractors. More »

Seventh Circuit Recently Clarifies Article III Standing in BIPA Cases

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One longstanding debate among U.S. District Courts lies at the very heart of the judicial process—what, precisely, is sufficient to confer Article III standing in lawsuits alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”)? The Seventh Circuit has now provided clarity for certain BIPA claims. More »

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