Major Antitrust Litigation Facing the Residential Real Estate Industry
- Sitzer v. NAR, et al April 29, 2019
- Moehlr v. NAR, et al March 6, 2019
- Nosalek v. MLS PIN, et al December 10, 2021
- Department of Justice V NAR November 19, 2020
Note: Case 1, 2, and 3 have been certified for Class Action Status
Basic Premise in Cases:
Violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act – Buyer Broker Compensation Rule in the MLS Handbook is an antitrust violation the Defendants participated in a conspiracy to over charge, costing consumers billions of dollars in unwarranted commissions, going back to 2015.
History of Cases:
Plaintiffs allege that Defendants’ conspiracy has centered around NAR’s adoption and implementation of a mandatory rule that requires all brokers to make a blanket, non-negotiable offer of buyer broker compensation (the “Buyer Broker Commission Rule”) when listing a property on a MLS. This conspiracy has resulted in billions of dollars in costs to sellers in the sale of their properties.
See Summary of current cases here: