The New York State Supreme Court ruled against the Corcoran Group in 2009 case that The Real Deal reported, was a “landmark ruling” revolving around a leaky roof and slippery ethics. The lawsuit was brought about by Harold Einstein and Jennifer Boyd, a Brooklyn couple who purchased a nearly 1.3 million condo in Park Slope in 2007 from Corcoran. Upon moving in, the couple discovered that the roof had severe leaks that would flood their top-floor apartment whenever it rained. The suit alleged that Corcoran mislead the couple, including rescheduling meetings at the apartment on days that it rained. Emails brought before the judge, New York Daily News reported, included such requests by the broker: “I have pushed this appointment to Thursday, due to heavy rain.”

But before the case even got to trail, Justice Charles Ramos sanctioned the couture agency, declaring it misled the buyer and failed to “preserve and turn over electronic evidence revealing that Corcoran agents canceled appointments with prospective buyers on rainy days to hide a previously known problem with water leaks.” Corcoran issued this statement: “We disagree with the discovery ruling and intend to file an appeal at the appropriate time. This case is still in the discovery phase and no decision has yet been made on the merits of the case.” In a warning to Corcoran’s attorney, Judge Ramos said, “read the riot act” to their clients.”

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