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The FTC issued an administrative complaint charging that Fidelity National Financial’s proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of Stewart Information Services would violate the antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition for title insurance underwriting for large commercial...
Moon Unit Zappa’s 1982 song “Valley Girl” popularized the phrase “gag me with a spoon.” We doubt the lyric “gag me with a form contract clause” would have been a hit, but it’s among the tactics expressly outlawed by the Consumer Review Fairness Act. As two proposed settlements...
Based on the promoters’ promises, it sounded like a tropical paradise: a luxury enclave called Sanctuary Belize featuring a championship golf course, a new airport with direct flights to the U.S., and a hospital staffed with American doctors. No wonder consumers – many of whom were...
When people are looking to rent a house or apartment, the most important “screening” isn’t on the windows of the prospective new place. It’s the tenant background screening that goes on behind the scenes, the results of which can make the difference between home sweet home and...
The Department of Justice, joined by the Commission, advocated to the Rhode Island Supreme Court that the business of real estate closings should not be deemed the practice of law, and thus able to be performed exclusively by lawyers, but should be open to all qualified providers. We...
As the song goes, “A house is not a home.” And as alleged in an FTC lawsuit against the operators of rental listing websites, sometimes an apartment isn’t an apartment.
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice will hold a joint public workshop in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018, to explore competition issues in the residential real estate brokerage industry.The workshop will take place at the FTC’s Constitution Center Auditorium, 400 7th St., SW,...
More than ten years ago, the FTC and the Department of Justice published a joint report outlining some concerns about impediments to competition in the residential real estate industry.
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued the agenda today for a joint public workshop that will explore competition issues in the residential real estate brokerage industry. The workshop will take place on June 5, 2018, at the FTC’s Constitution Center Auditorium, 400 7th St.,...
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice announced today that they will hold a joint public workshop in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018, to explore competition issues in the residential real estate brokerage industry.
The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice held a joint public workshop in Washington, DC on June 5, 2018, to explore competition issues in the residential real estate brokerage industry. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions most consumers...
Like calling an NFL lineman “Tiny,” we appreciate an ironic name as much as the next person. But it’s different when a company calls itself – among other things – Consumer Defense, Preferred Law, and Modification Review Board and then makes allegedly deceptive claims regarding loan...

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