Discount Brokerage REX Takes Aim At ‘Real Estate Cartel’

The brokerage is suing Oregon officials, including Gov. Kate Brown, for “antitrust” practices, alleging a law that bans brokerages from providing rebates harms consumers.

After taking aim at the National Association of Realtors and so-called “predatory real estate broker behavior,” real estate brokerage REX is now setting its sights on “Oregon’s real estate cartel.”

Jack Ryan | Credit: REX

The discount brokerage announced Tuesday it was filing a lawsuit against a number of state officials and agencies — including Governor Kate Brown — for “antitrust” practices, alleging the state’s law that bans real estate brokerages from providing rebates and receiving discounted fees both harms consumers and stifles competition.

“Oregon’s rebate ban is an affront to middle- and lower-income families struggling to pull together a down payment,” Jack Ryan, the CEO and co-founder of REX, said in a statement. “As a result of the NAR’s cartel-like behavior and policies like Oregon’s

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Trump admin to hold Arctic refuge oil drilling auction before Biden takes office

(Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday said it would issue a sale notice for oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) next week, putting it on track to hold a drilling auction in the ecologically sensitive area shortly before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The move is the latest step toward pulling off the first ever sale of oil and gas leases in a pristine area of the Arctic before Biden, a Democrat who opposes energy development there, becomes president on Jan. 20.

Opening ANWR to drilling is an important pillar of outgoing Republican President Donald Trump’s agenda to expand domestic fossil fuel production. But green groups and Democrats have cast it as a giveaway to Big Oil that would harm the Arctic’s unique ecosystem and native people.

The sale notice will be published on Monday, setting up a sale to be held on Jan. 6 via

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U.S. to hold Arctic refuge oil lease sale in early January, before Biden takes office

(Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday said it would issue a sale notice for oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge next week, putting it on track to hold an auction shortly before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The notice will be published next week and a sale will be held on Jan. 6 via video livestream, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said in a statement. Biden, a Democrat who is opposed to drilling in the area, will assume the presidency on Jan. 20.

The announcement comes a little more than two weeks after Trump’s Republican administration issued a request to energy companies to identify what specific land areas in the refuge should be offered for sale. The companies have 30 days to respond, and a sale notice was not expected to be issued until the end of that period.

“The Trump Administration is hell bent

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Fashion takes a front-row seat in the music world

Bravado, the merchandise and brand management, division of Universal Music Group, is changing the narrative on artist merch. With teams in 40 countries, the business provides merchandising and brand management services to some of the world’s biggest names in music, including The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Ariana Grande, and The Weeknd. The company helps artists design apparel and accessories that reflect their aesthetic, often in partnership with renowned designers. You may not even find them at shows. Fans buy artist collections at experiential pop-up shops, artist websites, and luxury stores, such as Maxfield, Bergdorf Goodman, and Selfridges.

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Bravado changed the game in this fashion genre, earning a spot among Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies list. The designs are coveted by fans, who will wait in line for them at a bricks-and-mortar store or wake at odd hours of the night to buy from a

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Maine Voices: What it takes to fight COVID in nursing homes

COVID strategy in nursing homes doesn’t stop with screening and testing. It has to be capped with medical care designed to give the positive residents a chance at surviving, while being ready to provide comfort to residents both emotionally and medically when the time comes.

Vitamin D deficiency can make it hard for the body to fend off COVID-19, and dehydration can make it difficult to recover from an infection, so measures such as administering Vitamin D and making sure everyone gets enough water should be at the core of nursing home COVID care. Photo courtesy of Jabbar Fazeli, M.D.

More than a month into our nursing home’s COVID outbreak, 48 residents were treated, and about 80 percent recovered, the oldest being 103 years old. Most residents already had poor life expectancy, but we did our best to stop COVID from cheating them out of what they have left.


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Panama Canal Contractor Takes Aim At Arbitrators’ Conduct

Law360 (November 30, 2020, 11:18 PM EST) — The contractor hired for a more than $3 billion project to expand the Panama Canal is challenging a $240 million arbitral award favoring the canal’s operator, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá, saying a series of hidden relationships between members of the tribunal gave rise to a “clear impression of bias.”

Grupo Unidos Por el Canal SA, or GUPC, and other members of the consortium that worked on the massive project told a Florida federal court Nov. 25 that the arbitrators that issued the award improperly failed to disclose multiple cross-appointments and inter-relationships between them. They’re asking the court to vacate the…

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Armenians burn their homes before Azerbaijan takes over

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KALBAJAR, Azerbaijan — In a bitter farewell to his home of 21 years, Garo Dadevusyan wrenched off its metal roof and prepared to set the stone house on fire. Thick smoke poured from houses his neighbors had already torched before fleeing this ethnic Armenian village.

The village is to be turned over to Azerbaijan today as part of territorial concessions in an agreement to end six weeks of intense fighting with Armenian forces. The move gripped its 600 people with fear and anger so deep that they destroyed their homes.

The settlement — called Karvachar in Armenian — is legally part of Azerbaijan, but it has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the 1994 end of a war over the Nagorno-Karabakh

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Samuel Alito takes on gay marriage, gun rights, religious liberty in Federalist Society speech

He delivered a brushback to liberal Democratic senators who have criticized the court. He renewed grievances with his colleagues — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was an implied offender — about decisions on abortion rights and deferring to public officials who limit the size of worship services as preventive measures aimed at abating the spread of coronavirus.

Same-sex marriage? Check. These days, “you can’t say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman” without fear of reprisal from schools, government and employers, Alito said.

“Until very recently, that’s what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now it’s considered bigotry,” he said, adding: “One of the great challenges for the Supreme Court going forward will be to protect freedom of speech.”

It was an address that chronicled Alito’s disappointments with the Supreme Court that had a 5 to 4 conservative majority until recently. Maybe it was to

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My father wants to deed his kids his home before Prop 19 takes effect. I suggested a life estate instead. He said I’m ungrateful

I have been a faithful reader of your column for many years, and it has shaped how I think about relationships, property, and finances as I begin to navigate the financial world as a young adult in her mid-twenties. Though I thought it would be a decade or two before having to confront any of these issues myself, I find myself in need of advice now.

California just passed Proposition 19, which will, in part, require that inherited homes that are not used as principal residences, such as second homes or rentals, be reassessed at market value when transferred.

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My father has recently inherited just such a home from his parents’ estate and, in an attempt to circumvent this new law, would like to immediately pass it onto

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Ingoglia takes early lead in Hernando’s Florida House District 35

Republican Blaise Ingoglia took an early lead with 61 percent of the vote in early returns for his bid for a fourth term in his District 35 House seat in the Florida Legislature.

Blaise Ingoglia wearing a suit and tie posing for a photo: Incumbent Blaise Ingoglia, left, faces Democrat Keith G. Laufenberg for the District 35 House seat in the Florida Legislature, which includes the majority of Hernando County.

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Incumbent Blaise Ingoglia, left, faces Democrat Keith G. Laufenberg for the District 35 House seat in the Florida Legislature, which includes the majority of Hernando County.

With early votes and partial mail-in votes counted, Democrat Keith G. Laufenberg trailed with 39 percent for a district that includes the majority of Hernando County.


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If the final tally falls in his favor, Ingoglia will not be able to run again due to term limits.

Born in Queens, N.Y., Ingoglia, 49, is a home builder and a former tournament poker player. A Hernando County resident since 1996, his Hartland Homes business prospered during the real estate boom as he sold houses to out-of-town

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