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Xceligent Contractor Supports Costar's Data Theft Claims

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PL1957

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CoStar's claim that its biggest competitor stole its propriety data, the basis of a December lawsuit that kicked off a high-stakes legal battle, has now been bolstered by one of Xceligent's own contractors and a Pennsylvania judge. Pittsburgh-based RE BackOffice Inc., in a filing Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said Xceligent directed it to hack CoStar's websites and copy its content. The filing, a concession of wrongdoing, came in response to CoStar suing RE BackOffice Thursday and asking for damages and a permanent injunction.

https://www.bisnow.com/washington-d...ostars-data-theft-claims-in-new-filing-80645?
 

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In my email this morning:

Today, a U.S. federal judge entered a judgment in CoStar's favor against REBackOffice, an Xceligent research provider, finding that they conspired with Xceligent to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and engage in unfair competition. Xceligent's research provider's admission of wrongdoing and the judge's ruling significantly bolster CoStar's ongoing case to stop Xceligent from illegally copying and reselling CoStar content.

Bisnow reported that the RE BackOffice court documents contained "a concession of wrongdoing," including that "Xceligent directed it to hack into CoStar's websites and copy its content." According to the article, RE BackOffice "names Xceligent CEO Doug Curry and Chief Research Officer Nathan Lipowicz as being directly involved." Washington Business Journal, which broke the story on Friday evening, reported that RE BackOffice "said it was directed by Xceligent to copy content from CoStar's subscription-based websites and feed it into a virtual private network" set up by Xceligent.

Two judges have already found probable cause that Xceligent's offshore contractors are aiding Xceligent's scheme to illegally copy and resell CoStar content. Today's ruling marks the third judge to rule in CoStar's favor.

Xceligent is a foreign owned company that does most of its research in India, the Philippines, and Medellin, Colombia. Xceligent's biggest research sweatshop, Avion, is in a remote Philippines jungle. There, Avion pays people as little as a dollar an hour to copy from CoStar.


Seems to be getting messy. Hopefully appraisers end up benefiting from this in the long run.
 

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This is getting highly entertaining ...

Wednesday morning, some commercial brokerages in New York City received a mailing from CoStar, images of which have been provided to Bisnow, laying out negative stories and claims against CoStar, a letter from three senators to Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding a sex trafficking case that has loose affiliations with Xceligent's overseas contractors and anonymous sworn testimony from former Xceligent employees.

https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/economy/costar-xceligent-pr-battle-80792?
 
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