Realty couple gets new trial over penalties

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – An Oxford real estate couple will get a new hearing about penalties imposed by the North Central Mississippi Board of Realtors.
Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court, voting 8-1, denied the board’s motion to reconsider a Court of Appeals decision in the Morfs’ favor.
That means Duffy and Karen Preston Morf will have their case return to Chancellor Glenn Alderson to consider if earlier punishments were too harsh.
The Morfs sued the board after they were penalized about real estate listings violations and Karen Morf’s supervision.
They appealed to chancery court, where Alderson agreed with the board and dismissed the Morfs’ complaint.
The Court of Appeals reversed the decision and sent it back for re-trial, saying the board “acted arbitrarily” in punishing the couple.