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Missouri Associations Have New Weapon to Protect Members' Interests
The collective efforts of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® (SLAR) and the Missouri Association of REALTORS® (MAR) have given Missouri associations a powerful weapon that can be used to protect association members’ interests.
On October 25, 2011, the Missouri Supreme Court issued its decision in which it applied a three-part test in determining whether SLAR had associational standing. This test required SLAR to show that “(a) its members would otherwise have standing to sue in their own right; (b) the interests it seeks to protect are germane to the organization’
This ruling makes it clear that Missouri associations can be a plaintiff in industry-related cases where it is able to satisfy the three-part test. This can be critical when an association wants to prosecute litigation for the protection of member interests and it is neither possible nor practical to have an individual member or members act as plaintiff.
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Founded in 1936, the Missouri Association of REALTORS® is one of the largest trade associations in the state of Missouri with more than 19,000 members. For more information:
With more than 7,000 members in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, the Saint Louis Association of REALTORS®, founded in 1887, is the fifth oldest REALTOR® association in the country and is a founding member of the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information: