On consideration of a motion for summary judgment, the defendant John W. Stripling, President of Camellia Court Apartments, Inc., was dismissed as a defendant, but the motion was denied as to the other defendants. The case proceeded to trial before a jury, and after hearing evidence, the lower court directed a verdict against the plaintiff. The appeal is from the judgment based upon the directed jury verdict. Held:
1. Where a broker has been the procuring cause of the sale, even though he has not sold the property, he may collect his commission thereon. Graves v. Hunnicutt, 8 Ga. App. 99 (68 SE 558); Case Threshing Machine Co. v. Binns, 23 Ga. App. 46 (3) (97 SE 443); Edwards v. Andrews Bros., 24 Ga. App. 645 (101 SE 775); Wilcox v. Wilcox, 31 Ga. App. 486 (2) (119 SE 445); Vaughn v. Clements, 65 Ga. App. 823 (1) (16 SE2d 607); Erwin v. Wender, 78 Ga. app. 94 (2) (50 SE2d 244); Gresham v. Connally, 114 Ga. 906 (41 SE 42).
2. In determining whether or not a broker was the procuring cause of the sale where there is no exclusive contract to sell, it must be established that (1) the negotiations were still pending between the broker and the prospective purchaser; and (2) the owner was aware that the negotiations were still pending at the time he consummated the sale. See Doonan v. Ives & Krouse, 73 Ga. 295
; Kuniansky v. Williams, 101 Ga. App. 678 (115 SE2d 204)
3. The evidence here shows that the plaintiff, by and through its licensed salesman, obtained an open listing in August, 1967, from Camellia Court Apartments, Inc., to sell the apartments for a stated sum. The plaintiff worked diligently for the balance of 1967, and in 1968, in attempting to negotiate and consummate a contract for the purchase and sale of said apartments by and between the parties. A salesman for the plaintiff testified that as late as June, 1969, one of the purchasers had requested him to call Camellia Court Apartments, Inc., and see how much money they would take for the apartments. Another salesman testified that he had talked with and met with the parties on an average of once or twice a week up until the sale in June, 1969, in an attempt to consummate a contract for the purchase and sale of the apartments. It thus clearly appears that there was evidence that the broker was never told to cease his efforts to consummate a sale, and that a jury question remains as to whether or not he was the procuring cause of the sale which was consummated by and between the parties without paying plaintiff a commission. Graves v. Hunnicutt, 8 Ga. App. 99
(1, 2, 3), supra. A cause of action for conspiracy in such situations, to eliminate the payment of a commission, will lie in favor of the broker who is thus deprived of the commission. See Barnett v. Eubanks, 105 Ga. App. 749
, 752 (125 SE2d 571
); Woodall v. McEachern, 113 Ga. App. 213
, 221 (147 SE2d 659
). The court erred in directing the verdict against the plaintiff.
Claude E. Hambrick, for appellees.