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Judge denies motion to dismiss DOJ lawsuit against NAR

Antitrust lawsuit over Internet listings policies will proceed

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A U.S. District Court judge has denied a motion by the National Association of Realtors trade group to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit filed last year by the U.S. Department of Justice. Justice Department officials charge in the lawsuit that the Realtor group has adopted overly restrictive policies for the online display and sharing of property listings information. The trade group had sought in a December court filing to dismiss the federal government's case, disputing several aspects of the lawsuit. Mark Filip, a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois, wrote in a Sept. 28 court notice that a status conference will be held Oct. 30, and a detailed opinion about the court's denial of the motion to dismiss the lawsuit will be distributed to both parties on or before that day. Laurie Janik, general counsel for the National Association of Realtors, said of the judge's decision, "We're not surprised but we're disappointed." Janik today said the association has not ye...