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Department of Justice about to finalize VOW Lawsuit with NAR.

During the NAR Meetings in Orlando, Laurie Janick NAR Legal Council

announced the end was in sight for the law suit with the Dept

of Justice that has been going on for three long years.

Now in the final stages of approval, we should have direction for the local

MLS's in the next few days. The local boards of directors will have 90 days

to confirm that their local brokers are in compliance with the new policy.

See Inman news article for more information.  

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Comment balloon 0 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • November 17 2008 02:01PM
Department of Justice about to finalize VOW Lawsuit with NAR.
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