March 31, 2020

Boulware Law was recently featured on Law360 covering their work representing plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against The National Association of Realtors and several broker franchisors.

The article “Realtors Can’t Arbitrate Antitrust Row, Consumers Say” explores both sides of the case, as conspiring to inflate broker commissions was brought into question on Monday, March 30th.

“Consumers urged a Missouri federal judge on Monday not to force into arbitration a piece of their proposed class action accusing the National Association of Realtors and major broker franchisors of conspiring to inflate broker commissions, arguing the franchisor in question is too far removed from the arbitration provision.”

HSA is currently trying to invoke the arbitration provision signed as part of a home-listing agreement. However, the plaintiffs argue that the agreement is limited to just the parties of the deal, which does not include HSA. This has been the third attempt by HSA defendants to get out of a Missouri federal court.

When asked for a comment, the plaintiff’s attorney, Brandon Boulware of Boulware Law, stated, “They tried to transfer the case and failed. They then tried to dismiss the case and failed. Now, after losing those motions, engaging in almost one year of litigation, and taking discovery from plaintiffs, HSA suddenly wants to arbitrate. Pretty brazen maneuver.”

View article here!

To learn more, contact attorney Brandon Boulware at (816) 492-2826.