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Supreme Court Dismisses First American RESPA Appeal

June 29, 2012: 

Overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s June 28 decision on the Affordable Care Act, the Court also reversed course and dismissed the appeal of First American Corporation in First American Financial Services v. Edwards challenging whether a claim alleging RESPA violations can be brought in the absence of actual financial injury to a plaintiff.

Win for Real Estate in Supreme Court RESPA Ruling

May 24, 2012: 

The U.S. Supreme Court last week provided real estate brokers a lot of clarity about administrative fees charged by brokerages.

May 2012 Podcast: Risks in Listing and Leasing Vacant Property

May 23, 2012: 

Attorney Thomas Gregory discusses legal risks associated with listing and leasing vacant properties and offers risk management tips that licensees can use to mitigate their risk.

Gear Up for the Ethics Rush: Every Member Must Complete An Ethics Class Before 2013

May 14, 2012: 

The countdown is on. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ ethics requirement gives members until Dec. 31, 2012, to take an approved ethics course. Associations are doing everything they can to avoid holding eleventh-hour ethics courses for hundreds, or even thousands, of members in December.

How 6 Recent Cases Affect Your Business: Recorded Webinar

May 4, 2012: 

State and federal courts have recently decided—or are considering—a number of significant real estate cases. In this webinar recording from April 19, 2012, NAR's legal experts explain some of the most important issues on court dockets and what their implications are for your business.

4 Code of Ethics Changes You Need to Know for 2012

May 3, 2012: 

The Code of Ethics, like other NAR governing documents, can be updated every year. Learn the 4 most important changes you should know for 2012 and prepare to complete the Code of Ethics Training Requirement if you haven't since 2008.

Federal Appeals Judge Scraps EPA Veto, Agrees with NAR on Mountaintop Coal Mine

April 9, 2012: 

U.S. EPA overstepped its authority when it vetoed a Clean Water Act permit issued for a sprawling mountaintop-removal coal mining project in West Virginia, a federal judge ruled today.

Anti-Money Laundering Rule

April 6, 2012: 

Effective Jan. 1, 2002, a new rule issued by the federal government requires non-financial trades and businesses to report certain information regarding cash transactions involving currency over $10,000 to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), a bureau within the U.S. Treasury Department, in order to aid intelligence and law enforcement agencies in their battle against money laundering.

Lawsuit over Association's Form Contract Rejected

March 1, 2012: 

Vermont court rules that pre-suit mediation clause and limitation of liability provisions contained in a purchase & sale form contract created by the state association did not violate the state's consumer fraud laws.

Downs v. Hammett Properties, Inc.: Buyer’s Claim over Zoning Information Dismissed

February 1, 2006: 

A Louisiana court has considered whether a real estate company had a duty to inform buyer about zoning restrictions on a property, which prevented her from using the property in the way that she had intended.

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