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NAR: Settlement talks likely to continue in DOJ antitrust case

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Representatives for the National Association of Realtors have engaged in talks with U.S. Justice Department officials in an effort to resolve a 2-year-old antitrust lawsuit, and both parties are open to continuing the dialogue, according to a spokesman for the Realtor trade group. "There have been negotiations up to this point," said Lucien Salvant, a NAR spokesman, in late December. He said that "talks will continue," as both parties are open to the discussions. DOJ officials offered no comment about the talks. Laurie Janik, general counsel for the Realtor group, announced during the group's annual conference in Las Vegas in November that the group would consider settlement talks with the federal agency, which filed a lawsuit in September 2005 charging that the Realtor group approved illegally restrictive policies related to the online sharing and display of property information. "If we're unsuccessful in reaching any type of a satisfactory resolution, the case looks like ...