September 28, 2023

American Metropolis Enterprise Journals, which operates 45 enterprise journals throughout the nation, is interesting a authorized resolution involving an open data case in federal court docket in Kentucky.

Laurel Deppen of Louisville Enterprise First writes, “The case initially started when Zillow Inc., a Seattle-based expertise actual property market, argued that it shouldn’t be charged a industrial price for data from the Property Worth Administrator places of work in Kentucky as a result of different entities, particularly information organizations, accumulate and publish the identical knowledge and are charged a minimal price.

“LBF prior to now has used such info in constructing our most costly actual property transactions lists for a given 12 months, which is an editorial product.

“Zillow, as a industrial enterprise, requested the court docket to strike down a provision of the Open Information Act that allowed PVAs to cost it industrial charges. Attorneys for Zillow argued that it was unconstitutional to discriminate between Zillow and a enterprise journal, for instance.

“The decide within the case, Gregory Van Tatenhove, dominated that every entity ought to pay the industrial charges, mentioned Michael Abate, of Louisville-based Kaplan Johnson Abate & Fowl. Abate is representing ACBJ and KPA within the case. KPA intervened after the court docket’s preliminary ruling and disagrees with the court docket’s resolution.”

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