FILES OF THE BET DIN

WATCH IT!January 2018

Sam left his valuable Rolex watch on a desk after removing it from his wrist while taking an exam. Barry, an acquaintance of Sam, recognized the unattended watch as he passed by the desk, and picked it up in order to return it to him. Since Sam already began his next class, Barry placed the Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A JAGUAR JALOPY?December 2017

Joe contracted to purchase a used Jaguar from Harry’s Quality Used Cars. Harry, a well-known dealer of used Jaguars, maintained a good reputation in the market. During their verbal negotiations of the sale, Harry assured Joe that the car was in nearly mint condition. When Joe inquired about the 2009 Jaguar’s miles per gallon, Harry Read More »

A TUNISIAN CONTACTNovember 2017

Shraga and Fivel, two prominent members of a well-known Hassidic sect, served as the primary distributors of tallitot for their community. As per request of the Grand Rebbe, the two distributors were required to manufacture all the tallitot in Tunisia. This requirement of the Rebbe was implemented to avoid tallitot being made from wool and linen, a severe restriction by Torah Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutto

A FIERY SUMMER RENTALOctober 2017

Daniel rented from Richard a summer bungalow in the mountains for the first four weeks of August. After finding out that the bungalow was uninsured, Daniel decided to take out a complete insurance policy for the property. Without prior consent, Daniel instructed his insurance agent to register the policy under the name of Richard, the Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

UNWARRANTED DEFAMATION AND LEGAL FEESSeptember 2017

Alan and Steven were equal partners in numerous real estate holdings in the Tri-State area. Unfortunately, the two began to quarrel over relatively petty issues and, as a result, they decided to terminate their partnership. The transition process was far from smooth, and a full-fledged dispute broke out regarding their respective shares in one of Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

DOUBLE RENT?August 2017

David and Shirley began construction on their home, and needed to rent another property for an estimated twelve months while the work on their home was being completed. The couple signed a one-year contract with Isaac for the rental of his property and, as stipulated by contract, they paid Isaac in full upfront, $5,000 per Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL?July 2017

Charles put his private home on the market for sale. Hymie, his next-door neighbor, was interested in the property and offered to match any price Charles received from the outside. By word of mouth, Charles found Ralph, a customer who was willing to pay 2.7 million dollars up-front for the property and go to closing Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

PARTNERS FOR LIFE?June 2017

Sammy and Albert regularly invest in start-up wholesale companies in return for a profit sharing dividend. Prior to their last investment, Joe requested to be included in on the deal; he said he was willing to put up a third of the money as an equal partner. Sammy extended the funds to the wholesale company Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

AN ENTREPRENEURMay 2017

Jason created and patented a sophisticated software program and sought a private investor to market his new project. After negotiations, he ultimately signed a multimillion-dollar deal with Eddie and the two entered into partnership in a newly established corporation. The contract signed contained the terms and profit sharing details and also outlined the scheduled financial Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

AN HEIRLOOMApril 2017

To help her husband with the burden of household expenses, Lea decided to sell her antique diamond watch, which she inherited from her grandmother. The appraised value of the heirloom was a minimum of $75,000, and the couple entrusted their Uncle Nathan, an experienced jeweler, with the task of selling it. Uncle Nathan reached out Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton, Rosh Bet Din Aram Soba
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