Chicago association sues member for alleged defamation

Suit follows inquiry into trade group's finances

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The Chicago Association of Realtors has sued one of its own members, claiming comments she made on the Internet about the association and its finances defamed CAR and its CEO, Ginger Downs.

CAR’s lawsuit against Andrea Geller, a broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago and a member of the trade group’s finance committee, claims more than $50,000 in damages, the Chicago Tribune reported. It’s believed to be the first time on record that the 129-year-old trade association has sued a member for defamation, the Tribune said.