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The news:基于西雅图的Zillow组回应an antitrust lawsuit由基于奥斯汀的房地产初创企业提交房地产交易所3月份指控与某些房屋相关的反竞争行为Zillow Zillow在其平台上显示。在反对派运动中,Zillow声称Rex的索赔是自我服务的,其动作“在每个层面都失败,应该被拒绝。”

背景:Founded in 2015, REX aims to disrupt the traditional brokerage model by charging sellers lower commissions. It uses sites such as Zillow to market homes, and recently launched in the Seattle area.

In its lawsuit, REX alleges that Zillow conceals REX agent listings following a recent change to Zillow’s search portal. As part of its move to buy and sell homes directly via Zillow Offers, Zillow joined The National Association of Realtors (NAR) — which is also listed as a defendant in the suit, along with Zillow subsidiary Trulia — and began sourcing homes from multiple listing services (MLS) databases.

由于MLS规则,Zillow上的列表现在在两个选项卡下进行分组:“代理列表”和“其他列表”,其中列出了MLS数据库中未包含的房屋。雷克斯将其描述为一个“消费者看不到的凹陷,模糊和欺骗标签”。

雷克斯表示,这一变化损害了交通并影响其声誉。

“If the NAR and its MLS partners, which now include Zillow, are allowed to once again close off transparent access to home inventory by entering into agreements among themselves that disadvantage all but their own membership, consumers and competition will suffer,” REX’s lawsuit reads.

Zillow的回应:Zillow表示,对于其在线平台的两个标签显示,遵守MLS规则并获得高质量的列表,而不是伤害雷克斯。它否认反垄断指控,在房产列表数据聚合业务中呼叫雷克斯“垂直供应商”。该公司还表示,雷克斯不能违反华盛顿消费者保护法案,并表示雷克斯延迟提交其诉讼“严重削弱了雷克斯的无法弥补的危害。”

“这种诉讼背后的事实和动机很简单:雷克斯对Zillow的独立决定不满意,以获得更快,更可靠,更好的Zillow消费者数据,”Zillow在其申请中说。

Zillow asks that the court deny REX’s request for a preliminary injunction.

Zillow的官方声明:“Per our filing, we believe REX’s claims are without merit. As MLS participants, we are required to abide by the MLS rules and regulations. We are always advocating for rules that benefit consumers, the entire industry and drive innovation for all.” — Zillow spokesperson

We’ve reached out to REX for comment and will update this story if we hear back.更新:以下是rex的语句:“Zillow和Nar无法继续扼杀消费者的选择。Zillow基本上承认,NAR和MLS陈旧,反竞争规则对消费者来说都不糟糕,但选择靠近队伍并执行他们。我们的回复介绍将于5月10日上市,我们期待着继续为消费者争取,推进技术创新和负担能力。“

这是Zillow的完整反对派文件:

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