Apparently, ShopLocal.com wasn't happy with rival local shopping search service Cairo for hitting its listings. ShopLocal took Cairo to court, and Cairo has now agreed not to make further "robotic or other automated" visits to ShopLocal's site, ShopLocal says.
You'll find some background on Cairo from us here back in 2004. The following year, the Wall Street Journal found Cairo to be better than ShopLocal. If that was because Cairo had everything ShopLocal had from crawling the site and more from crawling others, then it's no surprise that ShopLocal decided to block access.
For more on the case, InternetCases.com has a few more details along with the case numbers.
Below is the statement ShopLocal sent with the news:
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