BTG Files Lawsuit Against Jared N. Quartell, School Investment Properties, and LDR Academy
The Business Trial Group recently filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County, Florida on behalf of a purchaser of a commercial property that was not properly zoned for its intended use.
The lawsuit seeks damages in connection with alleged real estate misrepresentations, breach of contract, and legal malpractice.
The property in Juno Beach, Florida, was to be the new location for the purchaser’s private school. The Complaint alleges that the real estate broker (Eustice T. Strickland), the seller (LDR Academy, Inc.), and the purchaser’s real estate attorney (Jared N. Quartell) failed to inform the purchaser that the property was not zoned for use as a private school. The buyer was forced to incur numerous expenses to bring the property into compliance and continue operating the school.
If you have suffered damages due to misrepresentations or omissions in connection with the buying or selling of residential or commercial property, the Business Trial Group can help. We charge no upfront or hourly fees, and no fees at all unless we prevail in your case.
Misrepresentations by Real Estates Brokers
Real estate brokers have a duty to accurately represent material facts about a property—such as how it is zoned—to a potential buyer. When a buyer purchases property based on a broker’s misrepresentations and suffers damages as a result, the buyer can seek damages against the broker.
In this case, the brokers—Eustice T. Strickland and School Investment Properties, Inc.—allegedly told the purchaser that the property was the ideal location for her school, that it was properly zoned for use as a private school and would not require a difficult rezoning process, and that it was “move in ready.”
The lawsuit claims that, after the sale closed, the purchaser learned that the property was not properly zoned for use as a private school, causing substantial costs to bring the property into compliance.
Breach of Real Estate Contract
It is not just real estate brokers—but also sellers—that must truthfully represent material facts about a property. Misrepresentations by a seller can constitute negligence, fraud, or even a breach of contract.
The purchaser entered into a contract for sale of the property with LDR Academy, Inc. (which operates a business known as Little Dude Ranch Academy). As stated in the lawsuit, the contract specifically provided that the intended use of the property was for a private school and there were no restrictions, easements, or limitations (including zoning and other government prohibitions) that would prevent the property from being used as a private school.
The lawsuit asserts a claim for breach of contract against LDR Academy, Inc. because the property was not zoned to be used as a private school.
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Real Estate Legal Malpractice
Attorneys have a professional duty to provide their clients legal services with skill, care, knowledge, and judgment typical of members of the legal community. Failure to meet this professional duty of care could constitute legal malpractice.
Jared Quartell allegedly failed to advise the purchaser that the property was not zoned for use as a private school.
The purchaser hired attorney Jared N. Quartell of the Law Offices of Jared Quartell to represent her in the purchase of the property. The Complaint alleges that Quartell had at least two months to conduct due diligence on the buyer’s behalf regarding the property, but Quartell allegedly failed to advise the purchaser that the property was not properly zoned for use as a private school.
The Complaint states that Quartell breached the duty owed to the buyer to exercise a reasonable degree of care and committed legal malpractice by failing to advise the buyer that the property was not zoned for use as a private school.
Florida Contingency-Fee Real Estate Litigation
While real estate transactions are contracts between a buyer and seller, other parties, such as real estate attorneys or brokers, may bear legal responsibility for failing to meet their duties.
The Business Trial Group has a wide range of experience litigating real estate disputes on behalf of buyers, sellers, brokers, developers, tenants, and landlords across all stages of the building, marketing, purchase, and occupancy process. Our Florida real estate attorneys understand the many legal issues that can arise during real estate deals and are committed to uncovering every potential avenue of recovery for our clients. We have recovered millions of dollars for our real estate clients—all on a contingency fee basis.
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