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NAR vs. DOJ: A timeline of the battle as it stretches into 4th year

An analysis of the association's petition offers a step-by-step timeline of the events leading up to the DOJ's launch of a new probe into NAR rules.
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Zillow, Doj, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Richard Powers, Select, Commissions, Makan Delrahim, Consent Decree, Rex Real Estate, Sitzer, Pocket Listings


DOJ quietly resumed NAR probe days after settlement withdrawal

In a 418-page petition filed Monday, NAR contends the antitrust regulator swiftly reopened its investigation into the Clear Cooperation Policy and buyer broker commissions in July.
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Doj, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Select, Commissions, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Investigative Demand, CID, Pocket Listings, MLS & Associations, Clear Cooperation Policy, Participation Rule


Top Agent Network appeals dismissal of NAR antitrust suit

Lower court suggested TAN was the wrong plaintiff to bring suit because its business model is itself allegedly anticompetitive, but TAN says the court's order was "erroneous."
Tags: Radio, Antitrust, Doj, NAR, Tan, National Association of Realtors, Select, San Francisco Association of Realtors, SFAR, Pocket Listings, David Faudman, MLS & Associations, Clear Cooperation Policy, Top Agent Network, ThePLS.com, Office Exclusives


South Korean antitrust regulator fines Google $177M for abusing market dominance

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday it fined Google $177 million for abusing its market dominance in the Android operating system (OS) market. The U.S. tech company has restricted market competition by prohibiting local smartphone makers like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics from customizing their Android OS, through Google’s anti-fragmentation agreements (AFA), according to the antitrust regulator statement. Under the AFA, smartphone developers are not allowed to instal...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Asia, South Korea, Hardware, Government, China, Samsung, Tech, Italy, Antitrust


Broker sues NAR, claims listing agent omission violates antitrust

Arizona broker Grady Hillis objects to rules prohibiting listing broker and agent contact information in public remarks and restricting access to lockboxes to Realtors.
Tags: Radio, Arizona, Antitrust, NAR, Supra, National Association of Realtors, Select, Arizona Association of Realtors, MLS & Associations, Real Estate Competition, Eduardo Coronado, Grady Hillis, White Mountain Association Of Realtors


Google is under investigation by the EU for forcing Android phone makers to pre-install its voice assistant, report says

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Google is facing another antitrust investigation in the EU, MLex reported Thursday. Investigators are said to be probing the dominance of Google's voice assistant on Android devices. The bloc has issued the tech giant almost $10 billion in antitrust fines over the past decade. See more stories on Insider's business page. Google is reportedly facing another EU competition investigation, this time over the dominance of its voice assistant on Android....
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Siri, Eu, Antitrust, Alexa, Margrethe Vestager, EU Commission, Sam Wilkin, Tech Insider, Google Assistant, Martin Coulter, Hollis Johnson Business Insider Google, EU MLex, Margrethe Vestegar


Federal judge denies NAR, Zillow’s motion to end REX lawsuit

Federal Judge Thomas Zilly said REX Real Estate's antitrust allegations against NAR and Zillow are "plausible," in an order on Thursday. NAR said it will continue to defend itself against REX's claims.
Tags: MLS & Associations, Select, Antitrust, Doj, Jack Ryan, MLS, Mls Regulations, NAR, Rex, Zillow


A majority of tech workers support antitrust legislation enforcement

Matt Sunbulli Contributor Share on Twitter Matt Sunbulli is a co-founder and CEO of Fishbowl, a workplace social network bringing together professionals during the new era of remote work. With the arrival of U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan, breaking up Big Tech has reemerged as a major policy discussion in Washington. The issue seems to be bipartisan, with Republicans and Democrats alike in favor of stemming mon...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Column, Microsoft, Congress, Colorado, Washington, Government, White House, Massachusetts, Tech, Joe Biden, Indiana


Move fast and break Facebook: A bull case for antitrust enforcement

Daniel Liss Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Liss is the founder and CEO of Dispo, the digital disposable camera social network. More posts by this contributor Today’s real story: The Facebook monopoly This is the second post in a series on the Facebook monopoly. The first post explored how the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should define the Facebook monopoly. I am inspired by Cloudflare’s recent p...
Tags: Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo, Etsy, Congress, Opinion, Government, Senate, White House


The sneaky way Facebook reportedly got its $400 million Giphy acquisition under regulatory radar is completely legal, experts say

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in New York City on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Giphy paid dividends to shareholders before Facebook bought it in 2020, Bloomberg reported. That lowered the value of Giphy's assets, exempting it from telling officials of the deal before it closed. Experts say the move was completely legal at the time, and it highlights potential holes in antitrust laws. See more stories on Insider's business page. US authorities continue to train thei...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, Stanford, New York City, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg, Economy, Antitrust, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump


FTC Accuses Facebook of Using 'Buy-or-Bury' Techniques to Stifle Competition and 'Hone a Surveillance-Based Advertising Model'

The United States Federal Trade Commission today reinforced its antitrust case against Facebook by providing more detail on how the company either crushed or bought out its rivals in an attempt to get rid of competition. The updated filing is longer than the original complaint and it offers additional evidence in favor of the FTC's argument that Facebook is a monopolist, plus it again asks the judge overseeing the case to force Facebook to sell Instagram and WhatsApp, the two social networkin...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Antitrust, District Of Columbia, Ftc, Guam, United States Federal Trade Commission, FTC Facebook, Facebook Platform, Facebook FTC, FTC Bureau, Holly Vedova


Court calls Top Agent Network ‘anticompetitive,’ tosses NAR suit

Judge voiced concerns that the Clear Cooperation Policy could have anticompetitive effects but suggested TAN was the wrong plaintiff to bring suit.
Tags: Radio, Antitrust, NAR, Tan, National Association of Realtors, Select, San Francisco Association of Realtors, SFAR, Pocket Listings, David Faudman, MLS & Associations, Mantill Williams, Clear Cooperation Policy, Top Agent Network, Paul Llewellyn


The way you download and pay for apps may be about to radically change

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images; Denis Balibouse/Reuters Two bipartisan bills aimed at loosening Apple and Google's grip on the app store market are floating through Congress. They could let you download apps from places outside Apple and Google stores, called sideloading. Google already lets users access third-party app stores, but Apple only allows downloads through its App Store. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's hard...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Trends, House, Tim Cook, App Stores, Antitrust, Match Group, Epic Games, Tech Companies, Reuters


NAR to federal court in REX case: Ignore the DOJ

REX calls out NAR for alleged "false assertions" while NAR alleges REX is blaming others for its "business shortcomings" and that "consumers are not interested" in REX's services
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Department Of Justice, Doj, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Jack Ryan, Select, Rex Real Estate, MLS & Associations, Michael Toth


You may not need Apple or Google to download apps soon

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images; Denis Balibouse/Reuters Two bipartisan bills aimed at loosening Apple and Google's grip on the app store market are floating through Congress. They could let you download apps from places outside Apple and Google stores, called sideloading. Google already lets users access third-party app stores, but Apple only allows downloads through its App Store. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's hard...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Trends, House, Tim Cook, App Stores, Antitrust, Match Group, Epic Games, Tech Companies, Reuters


Lawmakers urge investigation into Zillow acquisition of ShowingTime

Rep. Ken Buck and Sen. Mike Lee, ranking members of the House and Senate antitrust subcommittees, have asked the FTC to "closely examine competition issues."
Tags: Technology, Senate, Regulations, Radio, House, Antitrust, Zillow, Ftc, Sen Mike Lee, Ken Buck, Select, Showingtime


Google infringed on five patents, a judge says, marking a legal win for Sonos

Products like Google Home and Pixel smartphones could be banned from import if the preliminary ruling is upheld. Eric Risberg/Associated Press Google infringed on five patents owned by Sonos, according to a preliminary ruling by a trade judge. Sonos first sued the Big Tech giant in January 2020. If the ruling is upheld, some of Google's products could be banned from import. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sonos scored a win in a patent battle with Google on Friday, whe...
Tags: Google, News, Law, California, US, Trends, Tech, Antitrust, Sonos, Bullock, US International Trade Commission, Big Tech, Charles Bullock, Tech Insider, Google Home, Eric Risberg


Apple and Google may be forced to allow third-party app stores onto their devices under a new Senate bill

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Reuters A bipartisan Senate bill threatens Apple and Google's app store domination. Under its terms, Apple and Google would need to allow users to access other app stores. The move is backed by Spotify and Fortnite developer Epic Games who have antitrust complaints against both tech giants. See more stories on Insider's business page. Apple and Google's tight control over the mobile app ecosystems is under threat, as a bipartisan...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Spotify, Congress, Washington, Senate, US, Trends, Eu, Connecticut, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Amy Klobuchar, App Store, Protonmail


New U.S. Antitrust Bill Would Require Apple and Google to Allow Third-Party App Stores and Sideloading

New bipartisan antitrust legislation that targets Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store was today introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Marsha Blackburn, and Amy Klobuchar. The Open App Markets Act [PDF] is meant to create "fair, clear, and enforceable rules" that will protect competition and strengthen consumer protections. According to the three senators, Apple and Google have "gatekeeper control" of the two main mobile operating systems and their app stores, allowing them to ...
Tags: Apple, Google, House Of Representatives, App Stores, Antitrust, Amy Klobuchar, App Store, Blackburn, Klobuchar, Blumenthal, MacRumors Apple, Big Tech, New U S Antitrust Bill Would Require Apple, Richard Blumenthal Marsha Blackburn, Reuters Blumenthal


DOJ intervenes in REX antitrust suit against NAR and Zillow

The federal agency says NAR can't use a 2008 consent decree to shield itself from investigation of its rules.
Tags: Technology, Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Department Of Justice, Zillow, Doj, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Jack Ryan, Select, Rex Real Estate, MLS & Associations, Mantill Williams, No-commingling Rule


Elon Musk takes a dig at Apple, says Tesla won't 'bludgeon its competitors' by making its tech incompatible with other companies' products

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (left) and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Brendan Smialowski/AFP, Richard Drew/Associated Press Elon Musk said Tesla won't build a "walled garden" around its tech to "bludgeon" competitors. The "walled garden" describes Apple's close control over what tech is compatible with its devices. Musk also said Tesla uses less cobalt than Apple. Both have faced accusations of supply-chain child labor. See more stories on Insider's business page. Elon Musk criticized Apple twice...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Elon Musk, News, China, Trends, Tesla, Eu, Antitrust, Batteries, Biden, Cnbc, Musk, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Cobalt, Drc


Dueling NAR and REX op-eds hint that DOJ will target commissions

National Association of Realtors: "The Administration has publicly signaled a lack of understanding about the MLS system and the associated commission structure."
Tags: Homeownership, Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Doj, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Brokerage, Select, U.S. Department of Justice, Rex Real Estate, MLS & Associations, Mantill Williams


Morning Docket: 07.22.21

* OCI numbers are down. Who needs a job anyway? [Law360] * Hey, M&A people! FTC is watching. [Bloomberg Law] * Law professor makes argument against legal AI that just happens to keep him employable. [ABA Journal] * Put your money where your team is! Sports gambling likely to be legal soon in North Carolina. [WRAL] * You off the Zaza? Amazon supports you. [Politico]
Tags: Amazon, Law, Marijuana, Gambling, Antitrust, Mergers and Acquisitions, Ai, North Carolina, ABA Journal, Ftc, WRAL, OCI, Morning Docket, Bloomberg Law


Zillow, NAR formed ‘group boycott’ to enforce commission rule: REX

On Monday, REX alleged that the National Association of Realtors and Zillow use NAR's segregation rule to hinder competitors who don't comply with NAR's commission rule.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Antitrust, Rex, Zillow, Price Fixing, Cartel, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Brokerage, Select, Lanham Act, Northwest MLS, MLS & Associations, Mantill Williams, Real Estate Commissions


Biden tapped a prominent Google foe head up the Justice Department's antitrust division

Biden's team of tech critics in government has swelled with the appointment of Kanter. Getty Images President Joe Biden has tapped a Google critic to head up the DOJ's antitrust division. Progressive favorite Jonathan Kanter has reportedly represented Microsoft and Yelp in cases against Google. Google is facing a tidal wave of regulatory scrutiny throughout the US and abroad. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden is set to nominate a prominent criti...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Antitrust, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Bernie Sanders, Federal Trade Commission


Biden tapped a prominent Google foe to head up the Justice Department's antitrust division

Biden's team of tech critics in government has swelled with the appointment of Kanter. Getty Images President Joe Biden has tapped a Google critic to head up the DOJ's antitrust division. Progressive favorite Jonathan Kanter has reportedly represented Microsoft and Yelp in cases against Google. Google is facing a tidal wave of regulatory scrutiny throughout the US and abroad. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden is set to nominate a prominent criti...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Antitrust, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Bernie Sanders, Federal Trade Commission


Coalition for App Fairness: Apple is Using Subpoenas to Punish Opponents by Prying Into Confidential Communications

Apple has filed a subpoena against the Coalition for App Fairness, requesting details on their communications as Apple fights a series of antitrust lawsuits. The Coalition for App Fairness comprises several companies who have been critical of Apple's App Store rules and fees, including Epic Games, Spotify, Deezer, Tile, and Match Group. Members of the Coalition for App Fairness earlier this month filed a lawsuit (via Apple Insider) attempting to prevent Apple's subpoenas from being approved. ...
Tags: Apple, Lawsuit, Coalition, Antitrust, Coalition for App Fairness, Meghan DiMuzio, Prying Into Confidential Communications, Forbes Tate Partners LLC


3 ways Biden could change real estate

Real estate experts share how President Biden's latest executive order could impact real estate from licensing to noncompete agreements to antitrust lawsuits.
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Mls, Agent, Department Of Justice, Biden, Federal Trade Commission, National Association of Realtors, Select, Michael Lissack, Russ Cofano, President Joe Biden, Interstate Commerce Act of 1887, Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act


DOJ hints NAR’s pocket listing policy may be in its crosshairs

Agency letter offers first clue that the Clear Cooperation Policy may be part of a "broader investigation" into trade group's rules.
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Doj, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Select, Pocket Listings, MLS & Associations, Clear Cooperation Policy