Real Estate Law Section

The section monitors, studies and proposes statutory developments in property law and keeps its membership updated by sending periodic e-newsletters. It also produces annual CLE programming for real estate lawyers and others.

Chair
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
401 Commerce Street, Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)782-2294
Vice-Chair
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 800
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)537-2161
Immediate Past Chair
CloseTrak
5860 Ridgeway Center Parkway Suite 101
Memphis, TN 38120
Twitter: jkirk01
Facebook: jkirk01
(901)333-1360
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

ABA Throws Support Behind Fair Housing Improvement Bill

American Bar Association President Bob Carlson is applauding a bill that would expand the protections of the Fair Housing Act to prevent discrimination based on a person’s lawful source of income, The ABA Journal reports. Carlson praised the bill in a letter to its sponsors, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. The bill, called the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2018, would bar housing discrimination based on income source or veteran status. Last year, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a policy urging the implementation of such legislation and opposing prejudice against people who rely on government support to make ends meet.
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U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Regarding Real Estate Search Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday shot down a petition related to the ruling of a Federal Circuit Court regarding Real Estate Alliance Ltd.’s (REAL) search patents, according to Inman.com. The ruling affirms a Feb. 1 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that its real estate search tools are not, in fact, patent eligible. The dispute arose in 2007 when Move Inc. filed a lawsuit against REAL seeking a declaratory judgment that the patents were invalid.

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