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BlockShopper settles suit with law firm

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A Web site that serves up housing market data and "news stories" that include personal details, gleaned from the Internet about buyers and sellers, has settled a lawsuit that arose after it publicized home purchases by two associates at a prominent international law firm. The settlement agreement prohibits the site,, from embedding hyperlinks to the law firm, Jones Day, in its stories. BlockShopper LLC was sued by Jones Day, a 2,400-attorney law firm with 31 offices in 15 countries, after publishing separate articles last year detailing home purchases by two of the law firm's associates in Chicago. In addition to the addresses and selling price of the Chicago properties, the articles included each attorney's name and biographical information gleaned from their profiles on the Jones Day Web site. BlockShopper embedded links to the profiles in the stories detailing home purchases by Jones Day associates Dan Malone and Jacob Tiedt, and posted phot...