Alleged Detroit MLS Cartel

Buyers of real-estate brokerage services in Southeastern Michigan, a group that includes couples selling their homes, filed a class-action lawsuit in 2010 alleging that a group of real estate brokers and the Realcomp II’s Multiple Listing Service colluded to prevent competition from “innovative brokers.” The plaintiffs said they paid higher commissions than necessary as a result of the alleged cartel. Plaintiffs retained Dr. Russell Lamb to analyze, using a common, standard, and reliable method, the extent of injury from the defendants’ alleged misconduct. Dr. Lamb filed two expert reports on class certification and damages, and gave a deposition on the same issues. The court certified the class on March 30, 2013, saying “Dr. Lamb’s report supports Plaintiffs’ argument that Defendants’ alleged anti-competitive behavior damages the proposed class, did so in a mathematically determinable way, and on a class-wide basis.” On May 29, 2014 the court granted preliminary approval to a settlement. 


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