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Broker sues state Realtor association

Alleges MLS membership policy violates antitrust

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A real estate broker in Kentucky represented by Attorney David Barry today sued the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors and the Northern Kentucky MLS. The suit seeks an injunction to bar the Realtor association from forcing real estate agents to buy memberships in the association as a condition of belonging to the MLS. The plaintiff is Sherry Edwards, broker of Florence, Ky.-based Buyer's Corner Realty. Edwards seeks return of association membership dues from the past four years, which equals about $1,357, according to the complaint. The suit also seeks reimbursement of attorney's fees. Edwards has been a buyer's agent since 1994. She is a charter member of the National Association of Buyer Agents, according to a statement Barry released to the press. The suit was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The 14-page complaint cited the Sherman Antitrust Act, which allows plaintiffs to file for triple damages, costs and attorney's fees. The sui...