Homestore takes legal action on data threat

A la mode says Realtors will be hurt by cease and desist order

Homestore is trying to stop technology companies from enabling Realtors to download their MLS home listings data from Realtor.com to their individual Web sites. The company issued a cease-and-desist order to A la mode, demanding it shut down a feature on its real estate agent Web sites that enables agents to pull their own listings directly from Realtor.com.

Homestore claims in the cease-and-desist order that A la mode is enabling Realtors to trespass on Homestore’s computer system to acquire copyrighted data.