An Ohio appellate court has considered whether a real estate brokerage is required to pay a commission advance company directly a salesperson's portion of the commission, which the salesperson had assigned to the commission advance company. Click here to read a summary of the lower court's decision in this case.
A Texas appellate court has considered whether a buyer could recover damages from a real estate professional's misrepresentation of a home’s square footage when the buyer purchased the property for less than the property's appraised value.
A Colorado federal court has considered whether a group could bring a lawsuit on behalf of companies who had received unsolicited advertising faxes from the same entity.
An Iowa court has considered a lawsuit brought by the Iowa Association of REALTORS® ("Association") against a company that did not hold a real estate license and operated a website that allowed property owners to advertise the availability of their properties.
A New York appellate court has considered whether a trial court had properly allowed to proceed to the jury a buyer’s lawsuit involving the presence of a seasonal bat colony in the attic.
United States of America v. Space Hunters, Inc.: Government Wins Fair Housing Lawsuit against Apartment-Finding Service
In a case previously summarized in the The Letter of the Law, a New York federal court has considered whether a jury properly awarded damages to a handicapped individual who was alleging discrimination against an apartment-locating service- click here to read the earlier decision in this case.
Am. Garment Properties, Inc., v. CB Richard Ellis-El Paso, L.L.C.: Court Rejects Oral Modifications to Agreement
A Texas court has considered whether a broker could raise the statute of frauds as a bar to an alleged oral modification to a commission agreement.
A Massachusetts federal court has considered whether a tenant could attach a landlord's property during the pendancy of her Fair Housing lawsuit against the landlord.
A California appellate court has considered whether a lower court properly dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against real estate brokerage firms over their collection of a "document preparation fee" in addition to their commission amount.
The New Hampshire Association of REALTORS® ("Association") has sought a judicial declaration that the state's banking commissioner did not have the authority to determine whether a banking entity had violated the state's real estate laws.