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Moehrl v. NAR and Competition in the Real Estate Industry

For home sales, multiple listing services (MLS) are the main source of information about properties listed for sale. Buyers cannot access MLS completely on their own because MLS limits most access to licensed real estate brokers and agents. Although sellers can try to sell their own homes, they cannot replicate the advertising brokers can provide due to their access clients through access to MLS.

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Smart Use of Smart Tech in Commercial Real Estate: Video Surveillance and Facial Recognition

Facial recognition has the potential to revolutionize commercial real estate access system and security. Yet, privacy advocates express concerns about how this technology might be used. In response, San Francisco now prohibits police from using facial recognition, and New York lawmakers have proposed a ban on facial recognition in residential buildings.

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How a Swimming Pool Use Schedule Violated the Fair Housing Act

It's unfortunate when young musicians are pigeonholed into instrument selection based upon gender stereotypes. Those stereotypes eventually result in gender imbalances in professional orchestras. However, it's illegal to stereotype multifamily residents based upon gender and other attributes. Now, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held it violates the Fair Housing Act to establish an amenity use schedule based upon gender stereotypes.

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How Allowing Smoking in Apartments Can Lead to a Fair Housing Violation

Many major cities have passed laws prohibiting smoking in public areas. Some apartment complexes have adopted smoke-free policies. But even in buildings that are not smoke-free, tenants who do not smoke may have a right under fair housing laws to a smoke-free environment.

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Orchestra Performances and Basic Honesty Analysis in Rule 10b-5 Cases

Individual orchestra musicians aren’t considered responsible for a musical composition or interpretation, even if the musicians, themselves believe them to be lacking. That responsibility lies with the composer or conductor who created it. The same may not be true with securities. People who relay inaccurate information they did not author now may be held responsible for securities fraud.

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Water Music and Water Rights

Handel’s Water Music is one of the most famous pieces of classical music, but many people do not know that the music was composed for performance on a barge on the Thames. Boats and barges blocked the river when the Water Music first was performed, likely interfering with the rights of adjacent property owners.

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Unintended Consequences of Business Policies

Sometimes, policies also can backfire and create unintended consequences. For instance, in 2014, the Maryland legislature outlawed the sale of high-proof alcohol, only to find out that it had an impact on the violin repair business.

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Smart Use of Smart Tech in Commercial Real Estate: Wiretapping Laws

“Smart” technologies are being implemented into real estate operations. Cameras which previously were monitored by closed circuit TV now may be streamed into web storage. These cameras can recognize faces and may unlock doors for known individuals. But some cameras also place property owners at risk of wiretapping violations.

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Practicing Scales and Signing and Delivering Contracts

An advanced musician will read the music by scale and arpeggio patterns that the musician has been practicing for years. People reviewing real estate contracts may act like advanced musicians. They may become so accustomed to certain contract clauses that they may breeze through them, thinking they are "standard boilerplate.” In this article, we will discuss “boilerplate” clauses that describe how a contract is signed and delivered.

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How Your Real Estate Transaction Is Like An Orchestra (And Why You Need A Conductor)

Recently, while in the midst of a managing a complicated commercial real estate closing, I took a few hours off to attend an orchestra concert.  During intermission, while orchestra took a break, a string quartet played in the lobby. It was then that I realized that the typical commercial real estate transaction frequently has at least 15 different roles and is much more like an orchestra than a string quartet. 

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