Gregg A. Nathanson, a shareholder of the firm, recently authored an article for the Commercial Board of Realtors entitled “Court Finds Oral Commission Agreement May Be Enforceable”. The article summarizes a case between North American Brokers as Plaintiff and St. John Providence Hospital and Howell Public Schools as Defendants wherein North American Brokers alleged a variety of claims, including a count of promissory estoppel. Normally a claim for payment of a real estate broker commission must be signed in writing to be enforceable, under the statute of frauds. The Michigan Court of Appeals determined that, even without a signed commission agreement, the broker could seek its commission, based upon an oral promise, under the equitable doctrine of promissory estoppel. Mr. Nathanson focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, business and corporate, environmental, finance and construction law.