Realtors lawsuit pits Palm Beaches against Miami

Miami /
Aug.August 29, 2015 10:30 AM

The Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches filed suit alleging misuse of its multiple listing service by a smaller Realtors group in Jupiter and the Miami Association of Realtors.

The suit charges that the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors provided the Miami Realtors with unauthorized access to the multiple listing service of the Palm Beaches Realtors.

The Jupiter Realtors and the Miami Realtors, which plan to merge next month, used the plaintiff’s multiple listing service “without permission, consent or payment,” according to the suit.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra denied a request by the Palm Beaches Realtors to prohibit the use of its multiple listing service by the Miami Realtors.  Instead, the judge issued a restraining order that bars the Miami Realtors from destroying or limiting access to the Palm Beaches Realtors’ database with more than 30,000 properties.

Marra wrote in the restraining order that the Palm Beaches Realtors showed a “substantial likelihood” that it could prove the Jupiter Realtors and Miami Realtors were guilty of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The judge scheduled a hearing on the complaint for Sept. 3.

Multiple listing services showing homes listed for sale are “proprietary and copyrighted,” Dionna Hall, chief executive officer of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, said in a statement. [Sun-Sentinel] – Mike Seemuth


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Nancy Shevell McCartney with Il Lugano (Getty, Apartments.com)
Paul McCartney’s wife sells her late father’s Palm Beach condo
Paul McCartney’s wife sells her late father’s Palm Beach condo
Todd Michael Glaser and the Tiffany & Co building in Palm Beach at 259 Worth Avenue (CA Sothebys)
Putting a ribbon on it: Todd Glaser, partners buy Tiffany condo on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, with plans to flip
Putting a ribbon on it: Todd Glaser, partners buy Tiffany condo on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, with plans to flip
Buyer Armen Avanessians and 157 Peruvian Avenue (Goldman Sachs, Realtor.com, iStock)
Former Goldman Sachs exec drops $12M on Palm Beach home
Former Goldman Sachs exec drops $12M on Palm Beach home
From left: Christopher Galvin, Cindy Galvin, Jeffrey Walker and an aerial view of 662 Island Drive in Palm Beach (Florida Parcels, Colliers, LinkedIn/Jeffrey Walker, iStock)
Trust linked to Motorola heirs buys Palm Beach estate for $46M
Trust linked to Motorola heirs buys Palm Beach estate for $46M
Netscape co-founder Jim Clark and 2000 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan (Getty, Sotheby's)
Manalapan compound poised to sell for Florida-record $175M
Manalapan compound poised to sell for Florida-record $175M
301 Polmer Park (Google Maps, iStock)
Palm Beach mansion sells for $16M on portion of property originally listed for $35M
Palm Beach mansion sells for $16M on portion of property originally listed for $35M
901 North Ocean Boulevard (Zillow) Flips, 22 Million
Oceanfront Palm Beach estate flips for $86M in nine months
Oceanfront Palm Beach estate flips for $86M in nine months
The property at 1020 North Lake Way with Allison and Warren Kanders (Getty, Google Maps)
Safariland CEO criticized for selling tear gas flips Palm Beach home for $40M
Safariland CEO criticized for selling tear gas flips Palm Beach home for $40M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...