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Howerin Residential Sales v. Century Realty of Tidewater: Virginia Supreme Court Establishes Standard of Review of Arbitration Award

January 1, 1988: 

In Howerin Residential Sales Corp. v. Century Realty of Tidewater, Inc., the Supreme Court of Virginia addressed the validity of a REALTOR® board (the "Board") arbitration award. After noting the limited grounds upon which an arbitration award may be vacated, the state supreme court reversed the trial court's decision to vacate the award.

Carter v. Bennett: Federal Court Finds Employer Reasonably Accomodated Blind Employee

January 1, 1988: 

In Carter v. Bennett, the D.C. Circuit court held that the employer, a division of the federal government, did not assign a blind employee to a position in which reasonable accommodation was impossible, and that the employer reasonably accommodated the employee.

Garb-Ko v. Lansing-Lewis Services: Michigan Appellate Court Holds Recission Appropriate Remedy for Contract Dispute Arising Out of Undisclosed Presence of Underground Storage Tanks

January 1, 1988: 

The plaintiff was a buyer under a sales contract executed with the defendant with respect to property on which leaking underground storage tanks were discovered after execution of the sales contract. Plaintiff sought specific performance of the contract to require defendant to close the sale and convey the property to it. The Court of Appeals of Michigan held that the unknown was a natural mistake of fact allowing rescission of the contract in this case.

O'Riordan v. Long Island BOR: New York Federal Court Finds That Membership-Based MLS Access Is Not in Violation of Antitrust Laws

January 1, 1988: 

In O'Riordan v. Long Island Board of REALTORS®, the district court addressed tying arrangements and group boycotts in the context of requiring Board membership to participate in a MLS. The court held that under Rule of Reason analysis, the Board practices did not constitute a group boycott or tying agreement in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

US v. Starrett City Associates: New York City Apartment Complex Found Liable for Violating Fair Housing Act by Discriminating Against Minorites

January 1, 1988: 

In U.S. v. Starrett City Associates, the United States Attorney General (hereinafter Government) filed suit against Starrett City, which owned and operated an apartment housing complex in New York City. At issue was whether Starrett City's rental policies violated Title VIII, Sections 3601-3631 of the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Wells v. Greater Lowell BOR: First Circuit Holds Membership-Based Access to MLS Does Not Constitute per se Tying Arrangement

January 1, 1988: 

In Wells v. Greater Lowell Board of REALTORS®, the First Circuit addressed tying arrangements in the context of Board membership as a condition of MLS participation. The court held that limiting access to the MLS to members of the real estate board operating the MLS was not a per se illegal tying arrangement.

Real Estate Informatin Network v. NAR®: Real Estate Information Network Settles Unfair Trade Practices Claim Against National Association of REALTORS®

January 1, 1987: 

Real Estate Information Network v. NAR®, involved an unfair trade practice claim by the Real Estate Information Network, Inc. a/k/a REIN against the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) as operator of the Real Estate Information Network a/k/a REINET. The parties settled the case for $2,500.

School Board of Nassau County v. Arline: Pre ADA Case Holds Person With Contagious Disease Could Be Handicapped

January 1, 1987: 

In School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed alleged violations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Act). The Court held that a person suffering from a contagious disease, such as tuberculosis, could be handicapped within the meaning of the Act, and that the plaintiff was such a person. The Court remanded the case for a determination of whether the plaintiff was "otherwise qualified for her position."

Dupre v. Columbia BOR: South Carolina Board's Membership Requirements in Violation of Antitrust Laws

January 1, 1987: 

Note: This case is not published in an official reporter and may not be cited as authority. Consult with counsel before relying on this case.

In Dupre v. Columbia Board of REALTORS®, a South Carolina district court addressed a limitation on membership in a local Board of REALTORS® (and thereby the affiliated MLS) based on a requirement that members' offices comply with zoning laws. The court held that the limitation constituted a group boycott and per se violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Ballou v. Master Properties No. 6: Broker Awarded Compensatory and Punative Damages Against Vendor for Fraud

January 1, 1987: 

In Ballou v. Master Properties No. 6, the California Court of Appeal addressed a broker's allegations of fraud against a seller of real estate. The court reversed an order for new trial on damages, affirmed the finding of fraud, and affirmed the award of a $138,000 commission and $2 million in punitive damages.

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