Tag Archives: Legal Issues

NLRB’s Browning Ferris Decision: Bad, Bad News for Franchising

Posted By Rob Hahn August 28, 2015, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation@ 10:26 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDKO6XYXioc Earlier today, the National Labor Relations Board handed down its ruling in the Brown Ferris case. If you are a brokerage who belongs to a national franchise, like Coldwell Banker or Keller Williams or REMAX, or even a regional franchise, like

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Reading the Union Position on Monell v. Boston Pads

Posted By Rob Hahn June 10, 2015, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 9:37 AM

One of the law firms who filed the union-side amicus brief As my readers know, the recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") handed down its ruling in Monell v. Boston Pads. I wrote about that case and cautioned against irrational exuberance from the results, because the results were

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Monell v. Boston Pads Ruling: Hold Off on the Jubilation

Posted By Rob Hahn June 4, 2015, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:23 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in1XouH9FTk Earlier today, the Massachusetts Supreme Court handed down its decision on Monell v. Boston Pads, one of two independent contractor status lawsuits that the real estate industry has been watching with baited breath. (The other one, still being litigated,

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RPR-Upstream and Personal Liability for NAR Directors

Posted By Rob Hahn May 15, 2015, Filed under: Management, Real Estate@ 10:08 AM

I'm still at the NAR Midyear Legislative Sessions and heading out to meetings soon, so this will be brief. By now, you know that NAR's Finance and Executive Committees have approved RPR to become the platform for the hitherto-mysterious Project Upstream. Inman News has coverage of the

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Copyright and Solds-Over-IDX

Posted By Rob Hahn April 14, 2015, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:11 PM

Judging by the stats, it appears that few people actually took the time to listen to my most recent podcast, featuring Brian Balduf of VHT Studios. We discussed a number of issues surrounding copyright of photographs and liability that arises from misuse, which... yeah, I understand those are

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Notorious POD: Episode 12 – Photos, Copyrights, Liability with Brian Balduf, VHT

Posted By Rob Hahn April 7, 2015, Filed under: Marketing, Podcast, Real Estate@ 1:44 PM

  It's been months since my last podcast, but that's just how things work out sometimes. But with T3 coming up, I figured I should upload this. Brian Balduf, CEO of VHT, joined me to discuss an issue that's really going a bit under the radar. His post Now Is The Time to Shield Your Real Estate

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Raising the Bar and Lawsuits… A Thought

Posted By Rob Hahn October 27, 2014, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 3:54 PM

I know I haven't been blogging, but hey... when you're sitting on the beach in Aruba staring at gently lapping waves of turquoise waters, diving into the Interwebz isn't real high on your list of priorities. Trust me on that. :) In any event, saw an interesting little tidbit this morning on Inman

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Competition Is Not Tortious Inteference

Posted By Rob Hahn September 20, 2014, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 10:27 AM

A brief note this Saturday morning... Conversations around my last post, about FTC taking action on anti-competitive Code of Ethics provisions, have raised an interesting and salient point. The best example comes from the comments, where Brian Rayl writes: Despite what the FTC states in terms of

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Why Are Referrals Still Legal?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 29, 2014, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 2:19 PM

A brief question, born out of discussions online and offline in the wake of the Zillow-Trulia deal.... Let me set the stage. More than a few people think that Zillow will ultimately want a piece of the commission (as evidence, they point to the brokerage licenses that MarketLeader once owned,

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Some Thoughts on Move & NAR v. Zillow & Samuelson

Posted By Rob Hahn July 3, 2014, Filed under: Management, Real Estate, Technology@ 12:52 PM

The judge in the non-compete-disguised-as-a-trade-secrets case between Move & NAR v. Zillow & Errol Samuelson has issued a preliminary injunction that looks like a big win for REALTORS and REALTOR-lookalikes. Inman News has the story, and the actual order itself (PDF). As a an

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