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Judges Charlie Bethel Christopher McFadden, Georgia Court of Appeals Judges Charlie Bethel (left) and Christopher McFadden, Georgia Court of Appeals (Photos: John Disney/ALM)

In a flurry of end-of-term opinions last week, the Georgia Court of Appeals broke ranks over whether someone without a real estate license should be able to collect a referral fee.

“Today, for the first time, our Court decides that an individual without a real estate license has standing to sue for commissions earned from the provision of real estate brokerage services. As this decision is contrary to previous interpretations of the real estate brokerage licensing statute in binding decisions of this Court and our Supreme Court, I respectfully dissent,” Judge Charlie Bethel wrote.

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Katheryn Tucker

Katheryn Hayes Tucker is an Atlanta-based reporter covering legal news for the Daily Report and other ALM publications.

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