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Nonprofit institute promotes open MLS

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David Barry is at it again. The San Francisco lawyer, who for decades has filed antitrust lawsuits against real estate industry groups across the country, is now leading an Open MLS Institute that seeks to open up property listings information to consumers nationwide. Barry is serving as director and executive officer for Open MLS Institute, a nonprofit corporation with a mission "to bring competition to real estate markets in the United States by opening multiple listing services nationwide. We are committed to championing innovators and energetic competitors, and to combating longstanding policies -- both formal and informal -- that unfairly and unethically obstruct these innovators," according to a statement at the institute's Web site, at http://openmlsinstitute.org. The institute seeks to create MLSs that offer free online information about homes for sale and for rent, and that allow consumers and agents to list a property for sale or rent and allow anyone to download content. "B...