The luxury real estate agent was accused of fraud and illegal business practices in the federal lawsuit. Coppelson said he hired Serhant to help him find an investment property in 2015.
He claims the Bravo star pushed hard for him to buy a $4.375 million property in Manhattan where the owner was “underwater and must sell now.”
The former client said Serhant promised the home would well over $5 million in “a short period of time and that the property was a “gold mine” and the seller needed to get rid of it immediately.
Coppelson says he trusted the broker and purchased the home for $4,375,000. However, he had trouble selling the property years later and was only able to unload it for $3,675,000.
To make matters worse, he says he later learned Serhant represented the seller in the original transaction without telling him.
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Coppelson said, “All of the above misrepresentations, omissions, and/or conduct involved material facts between the parties and were unfair, illegal, false, deceptive and/or misleading.” He sued for $1 million in damages.
Serhant denied all allegations and demanded the suit be tossed out of court. He claimed his statements were nothing more than his opinion and not meant as a promise.
The Million Dollar Listing star called Coppelson a “sophisticated investor” and said he should have known the risks involved.
Recently, the judge presiding over the case found the statements Serhant made to his client were not improper. Further, the judge found the statements about the property being “best one of the list” and “underwater” are not actionable as fraud.
The order also notes Serhant did nothing wrong when he represented both parties in the sale. As a result, the judge decided to dismiss Serhant from the dispute completely.