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Real estate firms face state audits

The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation started random inspections of real estate firms this month to make sure they are following guidelines — in particular whether escrow accounts containing security deposits are being handled correctly.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.16.10

A patron is suing the Brio Tuscan Grille for biting into a stone in her minestrone. A business claims a competitor has a name that’s too similar. Plus a ton of slip and falls (including a case from someone who alleges the elevator in the James Center fell a floor). And banks trying to collect on loans.

‘Ultimate vertical gated community’ plan is no more

A New York development company wants to sell a downtown plot where it hoped to build a massive, 30-story high-rise. Plus it’s auctioning off unsold condos in a nearby building and selling a commercial building on Broad Street.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.09.10

A sports academy has a lease dispute with the Chesterfield sports complex SportsQuest. Plus a Pastor is suing a grocery store for firing him for allegedly not letting him work part-time on Sundays. A bank is trying to recover more than $1 million from a homebuilder on a line of credit, and an alleged embezzlement.

The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.2.10

Lots of businesses trying to collect bills, including landlords and contractors. Plus local publication “The Voice” is being sued for defamation while a former Lumber Liquidators employee claims he was dismissed on account of his race. And a slip and fall lawsuit with the plaintiff alleging he slipped on ice.