MLS says no thanks to NAR funds for MRIS v. NeighborCity

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Articles, Real estate, Strategy

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Inman News has reported that Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc (MRIS), one of two MLSs who have filed in court against NeighborCity.com, has declined to accept funds from the National Association of Realtors, to help win its court fight.

“We have not accepted any money from NAR nor do we anticipate doing so currently,” MRIS CMO John Heithaus told Inman News. “This is a matter of corporate strategy on our part. We’re moving 100 percent alone. We made a decision to pursue this litigation on its own merits and utilizing our own resources,” he added.

Whether plaintiff NorthStar MLS, who is also suing NeighborCity.com for copyright infringement, will or has accepted NAR’s financial help has not been disclosed.

The battle seems to be going well for plaintiffs, however, if the court’s first ruling is any indication.

The court found that NorthstarMLS “has shown a significant threat of irreparable harm to its customer goodwill” because NeighborCity has detracted from the value of the MLS’s Internet Data Exchange (IDX) feed and because NeighborCity “violates expectations created by RMLS’s contracts, wherein RMLS has agreed not to distribute listing content without consent from listing brokers.”

In the MRIS court case, NeighborCity has responded not only with multiple denials but a counterclaim that also includes NAR as defendant, claiming an “NAR orchestrated conspiracy against AHRN to suppress competition in the real estate industry for their mutual benefit.” No subsequent court dates have been set thus far.

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Written by Jim Townsend

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