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DOJ charges that NAR ‘misses the mark’ with court filing

Federal filing is latest in major antitrust court battle

Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department, in legal filings Monday, stated that the National Association of Realtors' legal motions to dismiss parts of a federal antitrust lawsuit "all miss the mark."   In the lawsuit filed in September and amended in October, the federal government charges that the Realtor trade group has adopted policies for the online display and sharing of property information that are overly restrictive. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is handling the case.   In December, lawyers for the trade group attempted to toss out certain aspects of the federal government's case. For example, the association charged that it had already withdrawn a Virtual Office Web (VOW) site property listings policy that is the subject of the original complaint.   "Neither the parties nor the court should waste time and resources" in litigation over a policy that is no longer in effect, the association charged. About 200 Realtor-affiliated MLSs c...