BlockShopper.Com Buckles Under Lawyer's "Trademark" Lawsuit
|Blockshopper.com Web site|
If you haven't been on BlockShopper lately -- here's the St. Louis version -- it's worth a browse. The site's founders, about whom I wrote a year and a half ago, dispatch teams of reporters to mine municipal offices for real estate data and then publish short pieces on home sales among bold-faced names.
Recently, for instance, the St. Louis BlockShopper reported on an Ameren UE exec picking up a four-bedroom in Creve Coeur and an ex-St. Louis Cardinal selling out in Wildwood.
The site basically takes data in what are already public records and makes it a whole lot more visible to average Joes like you and me.
As you might expect, this pisses off a lot of people. Like the lawyers at Jones Day, who sued. Check out the Slate piece for all the details. (The case got resolved this week.)