The Supreme Court of Nebraska considered the question of whether a seller’s agent has a duty to inform his client of the terms of an agreement signed by the client.
Montana Chamber of Commerce v. Argenbright: Montana's Restrictions on Corporate Political Contributions Unconstitutional
A federal appellate court considered whether a state can stop a corporation from making direct financial contributions to ballot issue campaigns.
Marthon v. Maple Grove Condominium Assoc.: Jury to Decide Fair Housing Claims Made by Condominium Resident with Tourette's Syndrome
A federal court considered whether a condominium association's management company is required to make a reasonable accommodation for a resident afflicted with Tourette's syndrome.
A Missouri court decided whether a validly recorded bank lien has priority over a broker's lien under the Missouri Commercial Real Estate Brokers Lien Act ("Act").
Austin Board of REALTORS® v. E-Realty, Inc.: Court Dissolves Injunction in Austin Board/E-Realty Case
The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, recently dissolved the preliminary injunction it entered against the Austin Board of REALTORS® ("Board") and its wholly-owned MLS subsidiary, Austin/Central Texas Realty Information Service. The facts of this case were previously reported in The Letter of the Law- click here to read the prior summary. To summarize, the Board had initially filed suit against E-Realty for copyright infringement, based on E-Realty's use of MLS data.
A federal court considered an apartment building owner's challenge to a jury's punitive damages award for violations of the federal Fair Housing Act ("Act").
A Massachusetts court recently considered a challenge to an arbitration award stemming from a commission dispute.
Framer Realty, Inc. v. Ross: Broker Who First Showed Buyers Property Argues Buyer Representative was Unjustly Enriched
A Florida appellate court recently considered whether a broker who introduced buyers to a property could proceed with a lawsuit that claimed that a broker who ultimately represented the buyers was unjustly enriched.
Sonnenschein v. Douglas Elliman-Gibbons & Ives: Broker Does Not Owe Heightened Duty to Seller Involved in Sale Negotiations
A New York court considered whether a broker had breached its fiduciary duty to a seller when it showed the buyers another property after the buyers and sellers had negotiated an oral agreement for the sale of the sellers' property.
California court holds that owners and operators have duty to take reasonable precautions to protect patrons from criminal acts, even absent criminal activity.