Greater Philadelphia Ass'n of REALTORS® v. City of Philadelphia: Philadelphia's "Sold" Sign Ban Unconstitutional
In response to a lawsuit brought by the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® ("GPAR"), the City of Philadelphia ("City") has agreed in a settlement between the parties that its ban on "sold" signs is unconstitutional. The ban was enacted in 1970 by the City Council.
A number of cities enacted bans on "sold" signs as an attempt to slow "white flight" from the cities to the suburbs. The ban was a reaction to the perception that real estate sales professionals were engaging in "blockbusting."
A federal court in Pennsylvania considered whether invited guests to rental property have the ability to bring a lawsuit for violations of the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"), this is the first time a court has issued an opinion on this topic.
Kezer v. Mark Stimson Assoc.: Broker Not Negligent for Failing to Disclose Environmental Problems near Property and Prior Adverse Reports on Water Supply
In 1999 Maine's highest court considered when a broker would be negligent for failing to disclose environmental problems in close proximity to the property, and also what duty a broker had to discover and disclose prior adverse water test results for a property's private water supply.
Royer v. Ohio Real Estate Comm'n: Commission's Failure to Follow Rules Results in Reversal of Sanction
An Ohio appellate court recently considered whether the Ohio Real Estate Commission's failure to follow procedural rules warranted dismissal of its sanction against a licensee.
A recent decision from the Court of Appeals of Iowa, Bazal v. Rhines, addressed issues of fiduciary duties and the duty of good faith. In this case, the Bazals (the "Sellers") owned a home in the Bowman Woods development in Iowa. In June 1995, they listed it for sale with Dick Brown who was affiliated with the Skogman Realty Company (the "Brokerage"). The Brokerage and affiliated companies had developed Bowman Woods, and it was the exclusive listing broker for all new homes in the development.
Montana Fair Hous., Inc. v. Am. Capital Dev., Inc.: Montana Federal Court Rules Developer Violated the FHA
A federal district court in Montana recently considered whether the actions of an architect, builder, and owners of a low-income housing project violated the federal Fair Housing Act ("FHA").
Wright v. Rub-A-Dub Car Wash, Inc.: Landlord's Consent to Sublease Can Be Withheld to Address Environmental Problems on Property
The Supreme Court of Mississippi recently considered when it would be unreasonable for a landlord to withhold its consent to allow a tenant to enter into a sublease.
From 1990 forward, Rub-A-Dub Car Wash, Inc. ("Tenant") operated a car wash on subleased property owned by several individuals (collectively, the "Owners"). The sublease stated that the tenant could not sublease without the consent of the Owners. It also stated that the Owners’ consent could not be "unreasonably withheld."
Gleklen v. Democratic Congressional Campaign Comm., Inc.: Employer Acting in Nondiscriminatory Manner Can Terminate Pregnant Employee Who Refuses to Work Full-Time
The federal appellate court for the District of Columbia recently considered when an employer can fire a pregnant employee.
Amy Gleklen (“Employee”) worked as Deputy Director of the Harriman Communications Center (“Employer”), which is part of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Since the Employer’s needs for employees were cyclical, the Employee moved back and forth between full and part-time status with the Employer.
Flamm v. Am. Association of Univ. Women: Defamation Lawsuit Can Proceed Against Association for Statements Contained in Attorney-Referral Directory
In 2000 a federal appeals court considered when an association could be liable for defamation for statements published in a referral guide that it distributes to its members.
Alexander v. Omega Management, Inc.: Property Management Company Is Not Subject to Federal Debt Collection Rules
A Minnesota federal district court considered whether a property management company was subject to the rules of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when it tried to collect late fees from a member of a property owners association.