Only a cloud.

Appellant alleged that she established a “loss of ownership resulting from a legal proceeding” within the meaning of a real estate listing agreement, which would excuse the obligation to pay a broker’s commission. Unfortunately, while the relevant “divorce proceeding created a cloud on the [p]roperty’s title, and, as a result, the title company couldnot issue a title policy as required by the sales agreement,” that did not create the requisite “loss” – “By definition . . . a cloud on title does not equate to a loss of ownership. . . . [A] cloud is something with the potential to affect ownership if and when it is established as valid.” Ruder v. Jordan, No. 05-16-00742-CV (Feb. 2, 2018) (mem. op.)

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