South Carolina MLS prepares for DOJ legal battle

MLS unwilling to budge on some membership rules

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A broker-operated multiple listing service in Columbia, S.C., which changed some policies in response to a U.S. Justice Department investigation, is now gearing up for a legal battle with the federal government.

The Justice Department last week announced a lawsuit against Consolidated MLS, charging that its rules illegally restrict competition among brokers and limit consumer choice in real estate services.