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March 25, 2015
Texas court holds that purchaser’s reliance on inaccuracies and omissions in draft appraisal provided to lender was unjustifiable, and could not support allegations of fraud regarding misrepresentation of building’s value.
March 16, 2015
Supreme Court of the United States affirms lower court rulings that found a dental licensing board violated federal antitrust laws and was not immune from antitrust scrutiny because the board was not sufficiently supervised by the state. The decision has potential ramifications for state real estate commissions.
February 25, 2015
Nebraska federal court upholds Nebraska's attempt to enjoin a California broker from listing Nebraska properties without a Nebraska license and rules that the state’s regulations did not violate the First Amendment, as the broker was offering brokerage services and not simply advertising the properties.
February 18, 2015
California court holds that broker had no duty to discover or disclose to homebuyer that local regulatory requirements could preclude building home on purchased lot.
February 4, 2015
District of Columbia federal court determines that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development did not have the authority from the Fair Housing Act to create its disparate impact rule and so vacated the rule.
January 13, 2015
Federal appellate court reverses lower court, determining that lower court did not properly evaluate a REALTOR® association's arbitration process.
January 12, 2015
New Jersey federal court rules that the patent is directed at an abstract idea and thus may not be eligible for patent protection.
December 30, 2014
Federal appellate court affirms trial court’s determination that the sellers in this class-action lawsuit had failed to produce any evidence demonstrating the existence of a conspiracy to fix commission rates by brokerage firms.
November 25, 2014
New York court holds listing broker liable for seller’s incorrect assertion that home was connected to city sewer system.