BlockShopper.Com Buckles Under Lawyer's "Trademark" Lawsuit

blockshopperscreen.png Web site
Slate published an interesting piece yesterday about a legal skirmish between BlockShopper, the real estate gossip site with a big St. Louis presence, and the international corporate law firm, Jones Day, who got its undies in a bunch when BlockShopper reported on the home sale of one if its lawyers.

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.)

Sponsor Content

Now Trending

From the Vault