Searching for “MLS,” Getting “TheMLSonline.com”
One might think that BobMenendez.com would be the Web site of Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. But no. Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for the Senate in Nevada, has the site, which her campaign uses to bash Democrats.
–Marc Lacey, “Clicking Candidate.com, Landing at Opponent.com“; The New York Times(9/15/2010)
Locally (in the Twin Cities), the best known example of that would be TheMLSonline.com, which, unbeknownst initially to the visitors it attracts, has nothing to do with the local MLS (“Multiple Listing Service”).
The MLS is the mother lode of Twin Cities listings, paid for (and only accessible) to Twin Cities brokers and their dues-paying agents.
TheMLSonline.com is just one of hundreds (thousands?) of Twin Cities real estate brokers.
Somebody who’s practiced law more recently than I have (not since 1992) has to explain to me why that doesn’t constitute a deceptive trade practice — which, last time I checked, was illegal.