Pro-baseballer sued for not paying sales brokerage

A pro-baseball player from the Hanshin Tigers was recently involved in a court dispute over refusal to pay brokerage fees for an apartment he purchased with his wife in Kobe City.

On January 21, 2011, the Kobe District Court ordered and his wife to pay 1,000,000 JPY (12,000 USD) to the Kobe real estate agent who brokered the transaction in September, 2009.

The apartment was purchased by the couple for 93,000,000 JPY (1.13 million USD) after the real estate agent negotiated a discount of 15.7 million JPY.

The real estate agent argued that the purchase application signed by Toritani contained a clause explaining the brokerage fees. Toritani objected that he did not sign this document and did not receive an explanation about brokerage fees.

The court ruled that the real estate agent fulfilled their duties by negotiating a price reduction and successfully completed a purchase of sale, which satisfies the conditions to receive brokerage fees under the real estate law.

The Yomiuri Shimbun, January 21, 2011.
The Sankei Shimbun, January 21, 2011.