From left: Citi Habitats’ Gary Malin and Urban Compass’ Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon
This story was initially published yesterday at 8:15 p.m. It has been updated with the court’s ruling on the order below.
Following a lawsuit filed by real estate brokerage Citi Habitats, which accused rival Urban Compass of hacking into its proprietary listings database, a judge has granted a restraining order against the tech startup, preventing it from accessing the database. But the court did not grant Citi Habitats’ request that the court halt Urban Compass’ own software development — which Citi Habitats argued may improperly utilize data gleaned from its system.
The ruling, by Judge Jeffrey Oing, came on the same day that Citi Habitats sued Urban Compass — the second time Urban Compass was hit with a lawsuit in two months accusing the startup of stealing trade secrets. [more]