Carter v. Gugliuzzi – Case Brief Summary (Vermont)

In Carter v. Gugliuzzi, 168 Vt. 48, 52, 716 A.2d 17, 21 (1998), the Court held that a home purchaser could sue a real estate broker under § 2461(b) as a "seller" even though the broker did not own the home when it was sold to the plaintiff.

Relying on the broad remedial purpose of the the Vermont Consumer Fraud Act (VCFA), the plain meaning of the term "seller," and the lack of any explicit limitation on that term, the Court held that the broker could be sued under § 2461(b) for deceptive representations that induced the sale. 168 Vt. at 53, 716 A.2d at 22.