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2Q 2014: Agency, Property Condition Disclosure, RESPA, Ethics

September 3, 2014: 

A summary of legal research on topics that may be a source of legal liability for real-estate licensees: Agency, Property Condition Disclosure, RESPA, and Ethics issues.

Window to the Law: Website Copyright Infringement Protection

September 3, 2014: 

Jessica Edgerton, NAR Associate Counsel, discusses steps you can take to protect your website from infringement claims by employing a "safe harbor" that exists in federal law.

Slides from Window to the Law: Website Copyright Infringement Protection

September 3, 2014: 

View and download the accompanying slide presentation from Window to the Law: Website Copyright Infringement.

FEC Dismisses NAR Complaint

August 27, 2014: 

Commission determines that it would be an inefficient use of resources to pursue member’s complaint over use of her dues for political purposes.

Franchisor May be Included in Labor Violation Disputes

August 14, 2014: 

The National Labor Relations Board has authorized naming franchisor giant McDonald’s USA as a respondent in complaints for labor violations allegedly occurring in franchisees’ restaurants.

Alligator-Infested Dump Owners Avoid Liability

August 6, 2014: 

Court grants summary judgment to owner of waste-disposal site crawling with alligators after neighbors’ suit claimed the animals’ presence depreciated their land.

Automated Valuation Models

August 5, 2014: 

At the May 2014 Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved an amendment to NAR’s MLS Policy Handbook clarifying that MLSs are required to supply participants with the information necessary to create Automated Valuation Models. 

Window to the Law: Antitrust for Real Estate Professionals

July 30, 2014: 

NAR Associate General Counsel Ralph Holmen explains antitrust law and how to avoid unlawful conduct.

Prior Murder Is Not a Material Defect

July 30, 2014: 

Pennsylvania's highest court rules that an earlier owner's murder/suicide on the property did not need to be disclosed.

Buyer Sanctioned for Frivolous Lawsuit

July 23, 2014: 

Homebuyer’s unjustified nondisclosure suit against broker and seller merited $60K in sanctions plus costs of appeal, says court.