Flat-fee company protests MLS rules in Washington

Local rule patterned after amended NAR policy

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A flat-fee brokerage in Washington contends that a new data exchange policy passed by a local multiple listing service is anticompetitive because it allows MLS participants to make individual decisions about which property listings to display — and not to display — on their Web sites based on a list of criteria, including compensation offered, the type of listing agreement, and the type of services offered.