On August 17, 2011 DCSTB Partner, Tom Connick, went to trial in a case that had been pending and litigated since 2006, wherein Tom’s client, a professional real estate appraiser, was accused of participating in a predatory lending/flipping scheme, that allegedly damaged Plaintiffs in excess of one million dollars. After approximately five (5) days in trial, Tom successfully convinced the trial court to grant his client a directed verdict, i.e. dismissal, on all claims. After hearing arguments of counsel, the trial court agreed with Tom and dismissed all counts alleged against his client. The Plaintiffs appealed. Just recently, on June 21, 2012, in the case of U.S. Bank, Etc., Et Al. v. Cynthia Amir, ET Al, Slip Copy, 2012 WL 2355620, 2012-Ohio-2772, Ohio App. 8 Dist., June 21, 2012 (97438), the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling in favor of Tom’s client. This is a significant Appellate victory for Tom’s client, as Plaintiffs had made a demand and alleged damages for over One Million Dollars. And, in fact, other Defendants in this case were deemed liable for over 1.8 Million Dollars. Notably, however, both at trial and on appeal, Tom successfully presented arguments showing that his client did not participate in the alleged fraudulent real estate scheme, whatsoever. This case is also significant for outlining Ohio case law related to alleged real estate appraiser liability in the context of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, Fraud and Civil Conspiracy.
Congratulations to Tom on another job well-done!!