A federal antitrust lawsuit against a Michigan MLS "is not about competition between 'traditional' brokers and 'discount' brokers," the MLS contends in a court filing -- rather, it is all about whether the MLS can establish different rules for different types of real estate listings. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit in October 2006 charging that Realcomp II Ltd., a Detroit-area Realtor-owned MLS with about 15,000 members, adopted anticompetitive rules that prevent the automatic distribution of a category of property listings to prominent public-facing Web sites such as Realtor.com and the MLS's own public property-search Web site. In their latest court brief, filed Aug. 17, lawyers for Realcomp II state that "competitive harm has not been proven" and request that the lawsu...
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