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Update on Realtor antitrust lawsuit

NAR seeks to dismiss some claims

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The National Association of Realtors, in court actions this week, is attempting to toss out portions of a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit that target the trade group's former online listings policy and so-called "opt-out" provisions that allow brokers to withhold online listings from other brokers. On Tuesday, lawyers for the association filed a motion to dismiss several claims brought by the Justice Department, and also filed dozens of pages of documentation to support its motion. Laurie Janik, general counsel for the Realtors group, said that Justice Department lawyers have 60 days to file a response to the motion, and the association's legal team will have 30 days to reply to that response. Janik said that it "makes no sense" for the Justice Department to pursue claims against the association's former online listings policy, the Virtual Office Web site policy, "because that policy is already rescinded." On the same day Justice Department officials filed the antitrust suit aga...