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Neighboring Realtor groups squabble over members

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A bitter feud between two local Realtor groups in California, which has already spawned a lawsuit, continues to escalate. The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors announced this week that it has filed a complaint with the National Association of Realtors, charging that a neighboring local Realtor group, the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, "has violated crucial clauses" of the national trade group's policy. In its complaint to the national Realtor group, the Silicon Valley group contends that the Santa Clara association "made false or misleading representations about other Realtor associations, engaged in false, deceptive or misleading advertising or marketing practices as well as illegal business practices, and knowingly violated local, state or national Realtor policies." Kent Westerberg, a lawyer for the Silicon Valley association, said in a statement, "The complaint was filed in order to prevent (the Santa Clara Association) from further attempts to discredit my c...