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DOJ Fires Back at NAR With Court Filing of its Own

October 18th, 2021
The courtroom volley between The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wages on. This time, the DOJ claims that it should be allowed to investigate NAR because its antitrust settlement wasn’t formalized. “Contrary to...

DOJ Announces New Initiative to Combat Mortgage Lending Discrimination

October 25th, 2021
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Oct. 22 a new initiative to combat what United States Attorney General Merrick Garland is calling “modern day redlining,” investigating discriminatory practices by mortgage lenders across the country that exclude people of color...

‘Closed’ Means Closed: NAR Gives DOJ a Vocabulary Lesson

November 18th, 2021
If the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) didn’t know the difference between open and closed, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) made sure to tell them. The legal battle between the two parties resurfaced after NAR filed a motion in...

American Pie: The Main Course for 2022?

November 23rd, 2021
There are now a record number of real estate professionals with a seat at the table eyeing a piece of the American real estate pie: a delectable dish made up of nearly seven million ingredients we call transactions, stirred in...

CFPB and DOJ Remind Mortgage Services to Adhere to CARES Act Measures

December 21st, 2021
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued two joint letters regarding important legal housing protections for military families. One letter was sent to landlords and other housing providers regarding protections for military tenants. A...

DOJ Reaches Settlement With Facebook Parent Over Alleged Fair Housing Violation

June 27th, 2022
A lawsuit claiming that Facebook’s parent company allegedly violated federal housing law appears to be nearing its close as the tech giant has agreed to change its advertising system per a proposed settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)....

Is DOJ’s NAR Probe a Hidden Haymaker for Real Estate?

August 2nd, 2022
Most boxers say it’s the punch you don’t see coming that knocks you out. A question worth asking as several high-profile lawsuits continue to make their way through federal court is whether the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is the...

New Report Demonstrates Robust Competition in Real Estate Brokerage Market

June 3rd, 2018
Later this year, a 10-year-old settlement and consent decree between the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) mandating how listings are displayed by online brokerages will expire. Prior to that, on June 5, 2018,...

Competition and the Consumer: Industry Presents Sides at Workshop

June 6th, 2018
DOJ/FTC Exchange Explores Compensation, Data, the MLS and More Technology, commission rates, real estate portals and overall brokerage competition—these were just a few of the themes discussed this week at a joint public workshop held by the Federal Trade Commission...

Cryptocurrency, Cyber Fraud Focus of Trump Task Force

July 15th, 2018
On an executive order by President Trump, four agencies established the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud last week, charged with guiding “the investigation and prosecution of cases involving fraud on the government, the financial markets and consumers,...
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