The DOJ may play role antitrust private listing network lawsuit

The DOJ filed a motion for a two-week extension to file an amicus brief in the lawsuit brought by private listing network Top Agent Network against NAR and the San Francisco Association of Realtors that alleges the Clear Cooperation Policy violates antitrust. The DOJ has until March 13 to file the brief, which it says it intends to file on behalf of the plaintiff or as a neutral party. The DOJ has quite a dossier on NAR policy after years of careful review of its policies and how they impact consumers. With a judge ruling in late January that it must halt investigation into NAR policies related to compensation structure, the law enforcement body may have a role here.