Legal Case Summaries

Photographer’s lawsuit against real estate professional over her use of the photographer’s copyrighted photograph on her website without permission is dismissed because the photographer did not demonstrate actual damages. 

Ohio court rules that real estate professional had no duty to disclose the fact that a sex offender lived next door, as this was a nonmaterial defect that did not involve the buyer’s property.

California’s highest court has affirmed a lower court ruling that a listing broker for a brokerage acting as a dual agent owes a buyer an equivalent duty as the brokerage.

Wisconsin court rules that broker/lender did not have a fiduciary duty when he was considering a short sale offer for client's property.

Two cases from Massachusetts examine when parties could enter into a real estate contract via text messages.

Colorado court rules that a “for sale” sign is not an invitation for buyers to enter the property and so dismissed lawsuit brought by a buyer who suffered injuries when she entered the property unaccompanied by the listing broker.

Arizona appellate court has determined that a salesperson was not an employee of the brokerage firm but rather an independent contractor, and thus the brokerage was not vicariously liable for the salesperson’s automobile accident.

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