Zillow fighting lawsuits alleging theft of trade secrets

I came across two cases in the news this morning, both involving Zillow, that allege insider data theft/trade secrets theft:

Move and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) filed additional court documents Friday following receipt of a letter from an anonymous whistleblower, presumably a Zillow employee, who alleges widespread misappropriation of trade secrets and data theft by Errol Samuelson, the former Move chief strategy officer, who left the company amid controversy last year to become Zillow’s chief industry development officer.

Move and NAR state in a court filing obtained by RISMedia that the letter, also obtained by RISMedia, “appears to confirm” their belief that Samuelson “stole multiple documents and entire databases, are using the stolen information, and are hiding evidence on non-Zillow electronic services.

Read more on RISMedia.

In another case involving Zillow, Law360 reports:

A California federal judge on Monday largely dismissed Top Agent Network Inc.’s suit accusing rival real-estate source Zillow Inc. of stealing trade secrets related to a proprietary “upcoming listings” feature, finding that TAN failed to specify what information Zillow took that constituted trade secrets under California law.

Read more on Law360 (subscription required).

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