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FOLLOW FILE: updates on past stories
Real Estate Giant v. the DeCourseys; Amazon Prevails in Customer Privacy

by Doug Collins

Spouses Carol and Mark DeCoursey of Redmond, WA in early November again prevailed against real estate giant Windermere in a suit regarding their homebuying fiasco. The judges from the WA State Court of Appeals "trounced Windermere thoroughly, but gave them one point concerning the costs we incurred," according to an email update from the DeCourseys. (Original article "So Sue Us" at wafreepress.org/article/090902business.shtml.)

The real estate agent who sold the DeCourseys their Redmond home set them up with a renovation package but did not reveal that he was a shareholder and officer of the renovation company. He also didn’t reveal that the renovation company was not licensed or insured according to state law. The renovations were a disaster, and caused structural damage. The couple cannot even sell the home.

cartoon by John Ambrosavage


That matter now goes back to the Superior Court in Seattle. Windermere could also appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. The DeCourseys have already been tied up in court on the matter for more than two years now.

Details of the November 8 court proceedings can be found by going to www.courts.wa.gov/opinions and typing in the keyword "DeCoursey".


Regarding privacy of Amazon.com customer records, a federal judge ruled on October 25 that government requests from the North Carolina Department of Revenue for detailed information about Amazon customers violate internet users' rights to free speech, anonymity, and privacy. (Original article "Amazon Sues to Protect Users’ Personal Information" at http://wafreepress.org/article/100605law-aclu.shtml.) The suit was initiated by Seattle-based Amazon. Branches of the ACLU, including the ACLU of WA, intervened in the suit on behalf of several Amazon customers whose private information was in jeopardy. US District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman of the Western District of Washington wrote:

“The First Amendment protects a buyer from having the expressive content of her purchase of books, music, and audiovisual materials disclosed to the government. Citizens are entitled to receive information and ideas through books, films, and other expressive materials anonymously. … The fear of government tracking and censoring one’s reading, listening, and viewing choices chills the exercise of First Amendment rights.”

More information about the case is available online at www.aclu.org/free-speech-technology-and-liberty/amazoncom-llc-v-kenneth-r-lay.


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