MLS & Associations

NorthstarMLS antitrust claims from NeighborCity

Similar claims against NAR, MRIS were dismissed

A federal district judge in Minnesota has ruled that the operator of real estate listing portal and agent ratings website NeighborCity.com should be allowed to argue antitrust claims the company brought last year against St. Paul, Minn.-based NorthstarMLS. NorthstarMLS filed a copyright infringement suit against NeighborCity.com operator American Home Realty Network in April 2012. AHRN filed a countersuit in November 2012, alleging breaches of antitrust laws. In April, American Home Realty Network amended its counterclaim against NorthstarMLS to add brokerage giant HomeServices of America Inc. and its subsidiary, Edina Realty Inc., as defendants to the suit. On Friday, July 5, Judge John R. Tunheim denied a motion from NorthstarMLS to dismiss the suit, saying American Home Realty Network "has sufficiently alleged counterclaims that survive a motion to dismiss.” “The gravamen of AHRN counterclaim is that and its member-brokers colluded to use as a vehicle to assert false co...