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Dotloop probes prominent industry players for identity of alleged hacker

Company wins approval to subpoena CAR, Northwest MLS, Instanet Solutions, Google

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A federal court has given real estate transaction management company dotloop Inc. permission to subpoena the California Association of Realtors, Kirkland, Wash.-based Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Instanet Solutions and Google Inc. for information regarding the identity of someone who allegedly hacked into dotloop’s computer system. The development comes not long after a controversy erupted in June surrounding CAR’s decision to refuse to license its real estate transaction forms to dotloop, thereby prohibiting dotloop users from filling out the association’s copyrighted forms using dotloop’s software. CAR, the largest state Realtor association in the country, cited intellectual property and security concerns in making its decision. Critics noted CAR also owns forms software provider zipLogix and is therefore a dotloop competitor. That month, dotloop filed suit against an anonymous individual (“John Doe”), alleging he or she had posed as an administrator for o...