The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama ruled that a brokerage that charged an administrative fee in addition to its commission violated section 8(b) of the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
A district court in Indiana ruled against a prospective buyer who fell down a flight of stairs while touring a home for sale. The customer had sued the owner and the sales associates for failing to warn her of the staircase.
A South Carolina court ruled that a buyer who learned from an inspection report that there were signs of water damage on the property can't later hold a broker or seller liable for failing to disclose those problems .
In a case where a buyer made an offer and signed a purchase agreement, but sellers decided that they no longer wanted to sell and cancelled the transaction, a New York appellate court ruled the buyers' representative was not entitled to a commission.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has decided that a suit against a brokerage for allegedly charging a buyer a transaction fee when no service was performed could be certified as a class action suit.