MADISON, N.J., Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Anywhere Real Estate Inc. (NYSE: HOUS) ("Anywhere"), a global leader in residential real estate (formerly known as Realogy Holdings Corp.), today announced the Company has received preliminary court approval of its nationwide agreement to settle all claims asserted or which could have been asserted against Anywhere in the Burnett, Moehrl, and Nosalek antitrust class action litigation. Preliminary approval of the settlement, the terms of which were announced in October 2023, certifies the Settlement Class and authorizes commencement of the notice period to potential class members. On or before December 22, 2023, parties must contact the court to schedule the final approval hearing, which the Company still expects to occur in mid-2024.
In the settlement, Anywhere agreed to provide monetary relief of $83.5 million, substantially in line with the Company’s financial planning, as well as injunctive relief. The proposed settlement is not an admission of liability, nor does it concede or validate any of the claims asserted against Anywhere.
Following final court approval, the nationwide settlement will release the Company, all subsidiaries, brands, affiliated agents, and franchisees from ongoing and future litigation surrounding the antitrust claims, including the October 31, 2023, jury verdict in the Burnett class action suit.
"I am pleased the court has granted Anywhere preliminary approval of our nationwide settlement," said Ryan Schneider, Anywhere chief executive officer and president. "Our efforts to resolve these claims remove future uncertainty and legal expense for Anywhere, our franchisees, and affiliated agents as, together, we focus on serving home buyers and sellers as they move to what’s next."
The proposed settlement includes injunctive relief requiring practice changes in Anywhere Advisors, the Company’s owned brokerage operations, which includes Coldwell Banker Realty, Corcoran, and Sotheby’s International Realty, for a period of five years following final court approval. Anywhere has also agreed to recommend and encourage these same practice changes to its independently owned and operated franchise network across the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby’s International Realty® brands.
About Anywhere Real Estate Inc.
Anywhere Real Estate Inc. (NYSE: HOUS) is moving the real estate industry to what’s next. A leader of integrated residential real estate services, Anywhere includes franchise, brokerage, relocation, and title and settlement businesses, as well as mortgage and title insurance underwriter joint ventures, supporting approximately 1.2 million home transactions in 2022. The diverse Anywhere brand portfolio includes some of the most recognized names in real estate: Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, Corcoran®, ERA®, and Sotheby’s International Realty®. Using innovative technology, data and marketing products, high-quality lead generation programs, and best-in-class learning and support services, Anywhere fuels the productivity of its approximately 190,300 independent sales agents in the U.S. and approximately 140,100 independent sales agents in 117 other countries and territories, helping them build stronger businesses and best serve today’s consumers. Recognized for twelve consecutive years as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies, Anywhere has also been designated a Great Place to Work five years in a row, honored on the Forbes list of World’s Best Employers three years in a row, named one of America’s Most Innovative Companies 2023 by Fortune, and most recently, featured on the inaugural TIME World’s Best Companies list.
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