Legal Case Summaries

Washington court reinstates deceptive trade practice allegations against real estate professionals for failing to provide the exact disclosures required by a county ordinance regarding airplane noise.
New York jury awards $4.75 million in damages and punitive damages in a case where a firm hired a manager of another brokerage and allegedly encouraged the manager to secretly recruit salespeople as well as steal listings and other information from the brokerage before she left to work at the new firm. 
In a case supported by NAR, Kansas’s highest court finds that town’s “transportation user fee” imposed a tax on property owners based on the use of their property and thus was an impermissible excise tax.
Vermont’s highest court rules that property owners could not claim that commercial solar panel array constituted a nuisance because the solar array did not interfere with the owners’ use of their property, even though the owners claimed that the aesthetics of the solar panels had damaged their property values.
California court affirms ruling that broker breached contract with consultant by not registering firm with state’s real estate commission and the contract breach caused the consultant damages.



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