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Lawrence Dale is either a crusader championing the rights of Canadian homeowners or a parasite trying to sponge off the real-estate industry.

By attempting to offer alternative discount real-estate services to Canadians looking to sell and buy their homes on the multiple listing service (MLS), the 47-year-old real-estate lawyer helped spark what is becoming an epic battle between Canada’s competition watchdog and the country’s dominant real-estate association.

In 2001, he launched a discount real-estate firm, Realtysellers (Ontario) Ltd., that reduced the role of agents and the commissions they collect from homebuyers and sellers.

Read the full article, “How an epic battle began” in the National Post (April 30, 2010).

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