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.)