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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fourteen multiple listing services have received subpoenas that seek documents in relation to the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors. Laurie Janik, general counsel for the Realtors trade group, said it is not likely that the case, which was filed in September 2005, will be settled soon. "Fourteen subpoenas have been served on 14 multiple listing services that I'm aware of," Janik said Thursday during a meeting of the association's Multiple Listing Service Forum. The meeting was held during the Realtor group's annual legislative conference. "Those third-party document requests -- the subpoenas that have been received, are all part of (the Justice Department's) lawsuit," she said. Janik also told the audience that the lawsuit is in the discovery phase, and the Realtors association is requesting and receiving information from the Justice Department and responding to Justice Department requests for in...