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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the residential brokerages that were found liable in October for a $1.8 billion verdict in the Missouri-based Sitzer/Burnett trial have asked a federal judge to either reject the verdict or grant a new trial.

According to a Reuters report, NAR along with Keller Williams and units of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) stated the evidence in the case did not support the verdict and that the judge applied the wrong legal standard when giving the jury instructions before their deliberations.

The jury decided for home sellers who claimed they were overcharged on the commissions they paid to buyers’ agents. NAR’s attorneys said the “result of the trial in this case defies precedent, logic and the evidence” while Keller Williams said the verdict sparked “baseless copycat suits.”

The plaintiffs’ attorneys argued NAR and the brokerages were “rehashing” arguments they “lost over and over again” during the trial.

The appeal is being heard by U.S. District Judge Stephen Bough in Kansas City. The defendants can separately appeal the verdict to the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals if Bough rejects their appeal.

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