Agent Claims Former Associates Sabotaged His Career

June 8, 2011

The principal broker of what once was one of Utah’s largest real estate agency is suing several real estate associations and former associates for remarks they’ve made that he claims has tarnished his reputation.

Douglas O. Bates, the founder of the now-closed AllPro Realty Group, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court recently claiming several trade groups and associates had an “explicit and implicit agreement in public and private meetings to target” him with “exaggerated and wrongful accusations.” He accuses several associates of slandering and libeling him throughout the media, which he says has cost him his Utah business.

Bates seeks $17.5 million in compensation, including punitive damages, in the lawsuit.

Kathryn Steffey, an attorney for the state REALTOR® association, told the Deseret News that the lawsuit lacks merit and the group plans to file a written response by the end of the month.

Bates filed the lawsuit against the Utah Association of REALTORS®, Salt Lake Board of REALTORS®, Utah Division of Real Estate officials, Northern Wasatch Association of REALTORS®, Wasatch Front Regional MLS, and several real estate professionals.

Bates’ AllPro Realty closed in October 2008. Seventy real estate agents who worked there were left without jobs and they say they never received about $500,000 in commissions. This prompted the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS® to expel Bates and Allpro, which meant he could no longer access property listing information provided by the board.

Source: “Trade Groups Destroyed Former Salt Lake Real Estate Agent’s Career, Lawsuit Alleges,”Deseret News (June 2, 2011)