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IndustryDigital media, journalism
Founded 📆June 1, 2006; 15 years ago (2006-06-01)[1] (as BlockShopper)
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️53 West Jackson Blvd, #560
Chicago, Illinois 60604, United States
Area served 🗺️
United States
Key people
ServicesHyperlocal content service
Number of employees
ParentPartially owned by Tribune Co.
🌐 WebsiteLocalLabs.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

LocalLabs (and BlockShopper before 2011) is an American commercial provider of content to media companies and marketers. According to court documents, Edward Weinhaus and Brian Timpone are the co-founders of the company; the pair defeated law firm Jones Day in Federal Court in 2008[2].

Timpone created the company and became the company's CEO.[3] The website reported on home purchases in 15 U.S. metropolitan areas as of 2010.[4]

In 2011, the original company, Blockshopper, a real estate news and data website, morphed into Journatic[5] as a newspaper content service. In 2012, Timpone and the company found themselves in the news for its practices, including using fake bylines[6]. Timpone stated he was "saving journalism" in an episode of "This American Life" by producing news in the Philippines[7]. Also in 2012, the Tribune suspended Timpone and the company for plagiarism[8].


  1. "LocalLabs.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  2. "Jones Day v. BlockShopper.com et al, No. 1:2008cv04572 - Document 55 (N.D. Ill. 2008)". Justia Law.
  3. Fitch, Stephane (2010-08-26). "Blockshopper.com Outs Rich Homeowners, Sparking Glee and Anger". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-06.
  4. Fitch, Stephane (2010-08-26). "Blockshopper.com Outs Rich Homeowners, Sparking Glee and Anger". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  5. "Amendment of a foreign limited liability company for". bsd.sos.mo.gov. August 19, 2008. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  6. "Fake Bylines Reveal Hidden Costs Of Local News". NPR.org.
  7. "Switcheroo". This American Life. 29 June 2012.
  8. Miner, Michael. "Tribune, Fourcher, drop Journatic". Chicago Reader.

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