Tort/Negligence – Negligent Misrepresentation Claim – Real Property – Appraisal — Indirect Reliance – Fraud – Punitive Damages
By North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Staff
Published: June 14,2012
Abraham v. Jauregui In their negligent misrepresentation claim, the plaintiff-purchasers allege that, by relying on appraisal management company HomeFocus Services, LLC’s and Bank of America’s actions in approving plaintiffs’ loan applications, plaintiffs were also relying, albeit indirectly, upon the defendant-appraisers’ representations provided to HomeFocus and Bank of America, which were contained in the appraisal reports. However, in order to state a claim for negligent misrepresentation, plaintiffs must allege direct rather than indirect reliance.