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Sharon P. v. Arman, Ltd.: Commercial Parking Garage Is Inherently Dangerous

August 1, 2000: 

California court holds that owners and operators have duty to take reasonable precautions to protect patrons from criminal acts, even absent criminal activity.

Thomas v. Anchorage Equal Rights Commission: Alaska Landlords May Discriminate Against Unmarried Couples on Religious Grounds

August 1, 2000: 

In Thomas v. Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit exempts Alaska landlords from the provisions of the state and local antidiscrimination laws that protect unmarried couples from housing discrimination because the landlords’ Christian religious beliefs prevent them from renting to unmarried couples.

Botosan v. Paul McNally Realty: Real Estate Office Lease Provision Does Not Protect Landlord from ADA Lawsuit

August 1, 2000: 

A federal appeals court recently considered whether a plaintiff could recover under the ADA from both a landlord and its tenant for failing to set aside parking spots for disabled individuals at a place of business.

Bohm v. DMA Partnership: Licensee Not Liable for Seller's Failure to Provide Buyer With Property Condition Disclosure Form

August 1, 2000: 

A Nebraska appellate court recently considered what damages a buyer could recover from a seller which failed to complete a property condition disclosure form and also whether the seller's representative could be liable for the seller's failure to complete the form.

Shields v. Babbitt: Court Rules Endangered Species Act Can Regulate Intrastate-Only Species

August 1, 2000: 

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Midland-Odessa Division, recently ruled against a challenge to the Endangered Species Act on constitutional grounds. Financial support to the challenge was contributed by NAR's Legal Action Committee.

Simon v. Teton Board of REALTORS®: REALTOR® Arbitration Award Upheld by Court

July 1, 2000: 

The Supreme Court of Wyoming recently considered when a challenge to an arbitration award must be filed.

In 1997, Bruce Simon, d/b/a Prime Properties of Jackson Hole ("Broker"), received a commission for the sale of a lot. Following the sale, Jackson Hole Realty ("Claimant") claimed a portion of the Broker's commission. The dispute was submitted to mandatory arbitration before the Teton Board of REALTORS® ("Board").

Huntington Mortgage Co. v. Mortgage Power Fin. Serv.: In Maryland, Appraisers Can Not Be Sued for Negligent Misrepresentation by Third-Party Lenders

July 1, 2000: 

A Maryland federal district court recently considered whether a real estate appraiser could be liable to a third-party lender for negligent misrepresentations.

Long v. Bruns: Court Rules Relocation Company Is Not Seller of Home

July 1, 2000: 

In 1999, a Louisiana appellate court recently considered whether a relocation company could be considered a seller of real estate.

Ceas Mortgage Co. v. Walnut Hills Assoc., Ltd.: Unlicensed Corporation Barred From Bringing Commission Lawsuit

June 1, 2000: 

In 2000 an Illinois appellate court considered whether an unlicensed corporation can bring a lawsuit to collect a brokerage commission.

County of Suffolk v. Experian Info. Solutions, Inc.: Tax Maps Can Receive Copyright Protection If They Are Original Compilations of Facts

June 1, 2000: 

A New York federal court recently considered whether a county's tax maps are copyrightable.