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A federal judge struck down charges that defendants conspired to 'fix,' 'maintain' and 'increase' prices for buyer brokerage services, but allowed claims they sought to 'control' prices to proceed
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 29
RE/MAX settles bombshell commission lawsuits for $55M
The deal resolves claims in both the Sitzer and Moehrl antitrust cases. The franchisor agreed to change its business practices, including 'no longer forcing homesellers to pay buyer’s agents'
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 18
MLS PIN settlement approved after overcoming judge's qualms
Judge Patti Saris preliminarily approved the deal after settlement fund restructuring. The case could provide a sneak peek at broader changes pending bombshell commission suit outcomes
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
Anywhere settles bombshell Sitzer and Moehrl commission lawsuits
The company agreed to resolve the claims against it for $83.5M. Exact terms will be revealed when the plaintiffs ask the court to approve the deal, but an attorney for the plaintiffs says the franchisor is the first of the defendants to agree to 'change its practices'
Antitrust regulators sign off on ICE's deal to acquire Black Knight
In addition to selling Empower and Optimal Blue, consent order would require ICE and Black Knight to seek prior FTC approval before acquiring an interest in another loan origination system
by Matt Carter Aug 31
NAR notches loss as appeals court revives pocket listing antitrust suit
Top Agent Network's case against the National Association of Realtors' Clear Cooperation Policy will move forward after the Ninth Circuit court ruled to overturn a lower court ruling on Monday
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 29
NAR seeks to suppress DOJ probe from jury as commission trial nears
The National Association of Realtors filed 4 requests in the US District Court in Western Missouri on Thursday involving commission rule changes, government investigations and discrimination
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 25
Court rules Zillow falsely labeled REX listings as case heads to trial
Despite the ruling, Zillow said it looks forward to presenting its case to a jury and is 'confident that the evidence will show that REX’s business failed for reasons unrelated to Zillow'
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 22
Take Inman's first-ever bombshell commission lawsuit survey here
A pair of explosive lawsuits could upend how brokers do business. As those suits come closer to trial, tell us how you feel about those cases and how prepared the industry is for the repercussions
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 21
'It's well past time': DOJ urges court to overturn NAR commission ruling
The antitrust enforcer argued NAR's pocket listing and commission rules need 'to be assessed on their merits' on whether they cost American homebuyers billions of dollars a year
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 15
Judge balks at 'unusual' MLS settlement in commission case
Judge Patti Saris, of the US District Court in Massachusetts, said she 'loved' the commission rule changes the deal includes, but didn't think the litigation fund was fair for plaintiffs
The commission suits are headed to trial. What happens after that?
At Inman CEO Connect, Russ Cofano, James Dwiggins and Greg Robertson debated the changes that agents and brokers may see as a result of homeseller lawsuits and government interference
4 ways to improve real estate as bombshell commission suits sizzle
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, real estate broker and attorney Kendall Bonner urged the industry to be proactive instead of waiting to be legally 'bullied' into change
ICE's Black Knight acquisition nears resolution of antitrust issues
'Significant progress' in Federal Trade Commission negotiations have been reported since Black Knight's Empower loan origination system and Optimal Blue division were removed from the deal
by Matt Carter Aug 8
HomeServices appeal dismissed as court eyes October for Sitzer trial
The ruling against HomeServices of America in federal court on Wednesday sets the stage for a likely Oct. 16 start for the first of 2 highly anticipated bombshell commission trials later this year