Xceligent Contractor Supports CoStar’s Data Theft Claims
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. Judge Arthur Schwab of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of CoStar Monday, ordering RE BackOffice to pay the commercial real estate data giant all of the profits it received from Xceligent and setting an injunction to prohibit the practice in the future. If RE BackOffice violates the injunction, the contractor must pay CoStar $20K per stolen listing and photograph.