An unnamed real estate brokerage and its agent received a unanimous verdict in their favor after an 11-day jury trial in San Mateo Superior Court (CIV528024).
The plaintiff was a real estate investor who had purchased a 4-plex in Menlo Park in 2013 that required substantial remodeling. The seller’s real estate agent had recommended a contractor who was later found to be unlicensed. The buyer/investor then sued the agent and brokerage, accusing them of intentional misrepresentation, negligence, and unjust enrichment.
“A lot was at risk for our clients, and we are absolutely thrilled that we were able to defend them outright from some very serious claims,” said prevailing attorney Charlie Bronitsky of the Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer. “It came down to the fact that, every day, real estate agents refer vendors to clients and prospective clients; establishing a duty for the realtors regarding the validity of those vendor recommendations would create an undue burden.”
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