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Neighborcity Antitrust Claim Against NAR Dismissed

July 30, 2013

Real estate listing portal and agent ratings Web site NeighborCity.com took a blow in its lawsuit against the National Association of REALTORS® and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) on June 10 when Federal District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. dismissed all seven counts of its antitrust claim.

NeighborCity.com’s operator, American Home Realty Network, filed the antitrust suit in September 2012, in response to a copyright infringement suit filed by MRIS in March 2012. MRIS claimed NeighborCity.com provides “unauthorized access to and use of” copyrighted MRIS data to support the company’s referral business.