Can a lawsuit engender a love affair? Yes, judging by the latest turn of events in the strange saga of The Real Estate Book and RealEstate.com. The real estate magazine publisher has signed an agreement that will put its 300,000 homes-for-sale advertisements on both RealEstate.com, the very Web site The Real Estate Book last year sued for misuse of its data, and LendingTree, which in December bought RealEstate.com from Primedia after the lawsuit was settled. LendingTree was tangentially involved in the lawsuit as a curious bystander because RealEstate.com had attempted to redistribute The Real Estate Book's content to LendingTree without The Real Estate Book's permission. The new agreement is interesting because this time RealEstate.com and LendingTree have agreed to use the content in a way that fits The Real Estate Book's requirements. Both Web sites will include the listing agent's name, brokerage company, telephone number and e-mail address and a link to contact the agent direct...
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