BrokerageIndustry News

Chicago association sues member for alleged defamation

Learn the New Luxury Playbook at Luxury Connect | October 18-19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel

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. The suit comes on the heels of a dispute within the association over the removal of former President Bob Floss. Floss was relieved of the position in July, two months before his one-year term was scheduled to expire. Floss was replaced with President-elect Zeke Morris.On Aug. 20, Floss told Chicago Agent magazine that he had been "impeached" because he "asked to see all the finances" regarding the trade group's expenses, operating c...