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Legal Case Summaries
A court ruled that a brokerage violated federal trademark law when nonmembers used the REALTOR® mark, so it will consider the amount of damages that NAR is entitled to collect from the brokerage.
A Colorado court ruled that a jury needs to determine whether a brokerage was liable for not making the sellers aware of a paragraph in the purchase contract that gave the buyers a $1.6 million credit for infrastructure costs.
A New York appellate court has considered whether a commission dispute should be sent to a REALTOR® association arbitration or to a jury for resolution.
Barbara Faraone ("Owner") owned a parcel of land that she decided to sell in late 2003. Allegedly, the Owner entered into an oral listing agreement with real estate brokerage Land Man Realty, Inc. ("Land Man"),...
A federal appellate court recently allowed a jury to consider allegations that a municipality’s enforcement of its housing code had a disproportionate effect on racial minorities in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act (“Act”).
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 1986 a suspended Member brought suit against the Charleston Trident Board of REALTROS® alleging that her suspension by the Board caused her damages because she was unable to access MLS operations or use the term "...
In Park v. El Paso Board of REALTORS®, the Fifth Circuit addressed allegations of a group boycott and price fixing against a Board of REALTORS® (Board) and several real estate firms. The court held that the jury's finding that boycotting and price fixing occurred was substantiated by the evidence, but that the Board was not liable, as it had not...
In Hornstein v. Podwitz, the Court of Appeals of New York addressed allegations by a broker against purchasers of property for tortious interference with contract.
A Nebraska federal court rejected a facial challenge to the constitutionality of the state's long-arm statute in the state's attempt to regulate a California broker who was placing Nebraska property listings on Realtor.com.
Vermont court rules that pre-suit mediation clause and limitation of liability provisions contained in a purchase & sale form contract created by the state association did not violate the state's consumer fraud laws.
NAR successfully challenged a member’s website that improperly used “REALTOR” as part of its domain name.