I'm certainly no lawyer, but this doesn't sound like the "rule of law" to me. Roderick Hills, the William T. Comfort III Professor of Law at New York University Law School, agrees.
A state judge has revoked, retroactively, a building permit at 200 Amsterdam on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. If the decision holds, the developer might have to lop off almost half of the 668-foot tower. The Municipal Art Society and other opponents of “super-tall” buildings are elated. But Judge W. Franc Perry’s ruling is likely not only wrongheaded but also a threat to basic fairness and legal predictability.