Legal Case Summaries

Case summaries are provided for educational purposes only, and are not a substitute for legal advice by a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction. Case law may change over time, so be sure to confirm a case is still good law. 

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North Carolina’s highest court rules that lower court erroneously relied upon the state statute for appraisals when it denied admission of testimony from a real licensee about the value of land taken by the state for a road project, finding that the court should have instead of used the rules for admitting or excluding expert testimony.
Michigan federal court dismisses lawsuit filed by attorney seeking MLS access without joining a REALTOR® association, with the court finding that the membership requirement isn’t a restraint on competition and it is reasonable for associations to tie membership to MLS access. 
The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, sitting en banc, upheld an earlier determination that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had incorrectly rejected a long-standing RESPA interpretation that payments made to settlement service providers are permissible so long as those payments are for goods or services actually provided and are for fair market value.
Maryland appellate court upholds real estate commission’s sanctions for licensee’s failure to disclose information about possible gas station leak into well water but reverses sanction for failure to disclose existence of HOA when in fact the entity was not an actual HOA.
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.

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