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Realtor group sues over alleged member-stealing

Association claims breach of contract with neighbor trade group

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One local Realtor trade group has filed a lawsuit against another group in California's Silicon Valley area, charging that the group violated a contract and engaged in a plan to steal away its members. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 4 in Santa Clara County Superior Court, alleges that the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors actively solicited members from the larger Santa Clara County Association of Realtors "to change their primary real estate board membership, or board of choice" to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. Janet Case, executive officer for the 3,600-member Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, meanwhile, said, "The allegations are entirely without merit." She added, "We're very disappointed about this. It was a surprise. We've always had a good relationship with our neighbor associations." Case said she could not discuss specifics about the lawsuit. The dispute centers around a contract to provide Santa Clara association members access to online property forms ...