DUAL AGENCY:  A Hazardous Real Estate Practice
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, November 2014
"Dual Agency" is a practice used routinely in many residential real estate transactions, whereby the agent represent both the seller and the buyer.  Many agents do not understand how to deal with  a conflict of interest after a Dual Agency Agreement has been signed.  In a recent case, Whipple Law represented a prospective home buyer who sued her agent for damages cause by fraud and breach of the Dual Agency Agreement.  The buyer won jury verdicts on all counts.  This case demonstrates that sellers and buyers should think twice before signing a Dual Agency Agreement.  The article in the link below was published in the November 2014 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, and is republished here by permission: