Beware of Antitrust Violations

A legal tip from NAR

April 1, 1998

NAR recognizes each practitioner's right to choose not to do business with relocation and affinity marketing companies, but NAR’s Legal Affairs cautions brokers and salespeople against joining together to agree not to do business with them.

Antitrust laws prohibit agreements in restraint of trade, that is, collective activity that eliminates or suppresses competition.

An agreement between two competing brokerage companies not to do business with one or more relocation companies is almost certainly unlawful, NAR legal analysts stress, since such an agreement may be deemed an unlawful group boycott.

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