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Realtor association in Wisconsin hit with lawsuit

Member alleges he was forced to buy association membership

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A Wisconsin Realtor is suing the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin and its separate Multiple Listing Service corporation for allegedly forcing local real estate agents to buy memberships in the association as a condition of belonging to the MLS.   The plaintiff in the suit is Jay Reifert, a local Realtor. Reifert claims he was forced to pay dues to the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors in order to access the MLS database of homes for sale.   William Malkasian, president of the Wisconsin Realtors Association, could not be reached late Wednesday evening for comment.   No one at the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin was immediately available for comment Wednesday evening.   The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the federal district court in Madison, Wis. It seeks class action status and is asking for $5,000 for each member of the class.   The complain...