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California broker fighting for right to advertise out-of-state listings

Young: Nebraska's licensing requirements violate free speech rights

A California real estate broker who has advertised for-sale-by-owner properties from other states on Realtor.com by placing them in a multiple listing service in California has amended a lawsuit she filed two years ago against Nebraska regulators, claiming their attempts to put a halt to the practice have violated her civil rights to free speech and to pursue a trade.The Nebraska Real Estate Commission sent California broker Leslie Rae Young a cease and desist order in July 2010, maintaining that only Nebraska licensees are permitted to negotiate the listing, sale or purchase of property in the state, or assist in procuring prospects.Young then sued the state of Nebraska and the commission in federal court, claiming changes to Nebraska's licensing laws were unconstitutional, and that the state had no jurisdiction over her.In March, the court denied Young's request for preliminary injunction that would have prevented the commission from enforcing the cease and desist order. The...