Thursday, November 30, 2006

USA v. NAR - Minor developments (written on 2/6/06)

I had some time today to probe the case file, and noted the following developments.

1. DOJ filed, then withdrew, then refiled a motion for a protective order. Apparently the parties could not agree to the terms of such an order on their own, so DOJ asked the Court to impose an order upon the parties. I didn’t read the amended motion in full, but it would appear to relate to materials the DOJ obtained prior to filing suit (presumably from disgruntled brokers, etc.) that it does not want to make public. A protective order was recently entered, and I’ve attached a copy of it here.

2. Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. filed a motion to intervene in the case. The Court treated it as a motion for permission to file an amicus brief and granted the motion (Prudential was not granted leave to intervene). Robert Butters and Richard Hellerman are representing Prudential. Prudential has not filed an amicus brief with the Court as of today.

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