New California Court of Appeal Case: Real Estate Broker Professional Responsibility

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In professional malpractice cases, expert opinion testimony is required to prove or disprove that the defendant performed in accordance with the prevailing standard of care except in cases where the negligence is obvious to laymen.

An expert witness was not necessary to establish the scope of a broker’s duty or a breach of that duty for a professional negligence claim where the broker possessed material information that impacted the value of a property and chose not to disclose that information to its client.

Case: Ryan v. Real Estate of the Pacific – filed Feb. 26, 2019, Fourth District, Div. One

Ryan vs. Real Estate of the Pacific