Proponents of a statewide public multiple listing service in Maine are working to qualify a ballot initiative for an election in 2008, and the state Realtor trade group is prepared to fight if the signature drive is successful. The Maine Association of Realtors operates a statewide MLS, the Maine Real Estate Information System Inc., as a subsidiary. The MLS has about 5,200 subscribers. David Barry, a San Francisco lawyer, in December 2005 launched a similar effort to introduce a ballot measure in California establishing an "Open MLS," though that effort was abandoned. Barry, who established the Open MLS Institute, a nonprofit corporation that has sought to create a nationwide MLS system that is open to the public, is well known in the industry for the many antitrust lawsuits he has filed a...
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