Miscellaneous

Antitrust. Here is a link to the Complaint in this long-anticipated lawsuit. A link to the DOJ’s press release, announcing the suit, is here.

In a nutshell, the suit alleges that the NAR has blocked competition by allowing real estate agents to withhold listings from brokers who utilize the Internet. The DOJ and the NAR have been attempting for months to negotiate a settlement to the issues raised by this suit, and apparently the NAR made a last gasp attempt last Thursday, when it announced a modified approach to its policy on Internet listings. However, the DOJ believed that the NAR had not gone far enough, precipitating this lawsuit.

I’ll discuss this suit in more detail in a later blog.… Read the full article “Justice Department Files Antitrust Suit Against National Association of Realtors”

Katrina

by Lee Gesmer on September 9, 2005

Amazon.com “One Click” Contributions to Victims of Katrina can be made Here.

The ABA has organized a Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief page here. This web page states: “The ABA is gathering information from individuals who are willing to provide legal assistance to those in need from the events in the Northern Gulf Coast.”

In considering whether to contribute services consider that a recent survey of Americans shows that lawyers have a lower “prestige” ranking than Members of Congress, and are tied with entertainers and actors. If you think this survey may be flawed, consider the fact that real estate agents and stockbrokers ranked last as proof of concept. It might be best for your mental health not to give this survey too much thought if you plan to speak to a jury in the near future.… Read the full article “Katrina”