On May 5, 2016, Jim Molleur argued the case of Harris v. Oak Knoll at the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. In that case, Harris, a real estate broker, was denied a commission on the $6,300,000 sale of certain low income apartments in Connecticut. Oak Knoll filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in Maine while a purchase and sale contract was pending on the sale of the real estate. Oak Knoll eventually sold the real estate to the same buyer that Harris introduced to Oak Knoll prior to the bankruptcy case.
Both the Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. District Court held that Harris was not entitled to a commission on various legal theories. The First Circuit is the highest appellate court in the federal court system in New England, subordinate only to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. The three Judge panel from the First Circuit will likely issue their decision on the appeal in the next 2-3 months.