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Court document reveals preliminary list of possible witnesses

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The National Association of Realtors has plans to call nine witnesses to testify in court if an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department proceeds to trial, and may call upon an additional list of 14 witnesses. A preliminary live trial witness list, produced by the National Association of Realtors in a Feb. 14 court document, includes a list of "will call" witnesses and a separate category of "may call" witnesses. The trial is expected to begin in June or July, NAR has reported, unless the case settles before trial. Justice Department officials have charged in the lawsuit that policies approved by the National Association of Realtors placed illegal restrictions on the dissemination and sharing of online property listings. NAR officials have argued that its policies are not anticompetitive and that the association has withdrawn some of the policies in question. The trade group's preliminary "will call" list of witnesses includes: Ann...