Coldwell Banker Faces Franchisee Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (October 11, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT) -- A Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC franchisee has accused the realtor of horizontally restraining competition by denying expansion bids in order to protect the interests of other franchisees, an alleged violation of its contract and the Sherman Act.

Danforth & Associates Inc. sued Coldwell on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, saying it denied multiple attempts by Danforth to expand its business for fear of stepping on the toes of its largest franchisee, The Landover Corp., which does business as...
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