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Editor's note: This story was updated on Oct. 4, 2012 to clarify that after MRIS requested and NAR approved funds to cover part of MRIS' legal expenses in the suit against NeighborCity, MRIS decided not to accept the funds. NAR and NorthstarMLS have declined to comment on whether NorthstarMLS has accepted, or will accept, similar financial support approved by NAR. The National Association of Realtors voted to cover a portion of the legal expenses incurred by two multiple listing services that have filed copyright lawsuits against real estate search portal and referral site NeighborCity. At its midyear meeting in Washington, D.C., NAR's board voted Saturday to provide Rockville, Md.-based Metropolitan Regional Information Services Inc. (MRIS) with up to $30,000 in legal assistance. NAR also said it would provide an unspecified amount of financial support to St. Paul, Minn.-based Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota Inc. (NorthstarMLS), for legal expenses it incurs i...