Judge Allows Primary Trade Secrets Complaint Against Zillow

by James McClister


In October, we reported on a budding legal battle between Zillow and Top Agent Network (TAN).  Tan claimed the popular syndication portal had stolen proprietary trade secrets under the guise of investor interest to create its “Coming Soon” feature. Today, a California federal judged dismissed two of the three claims against Zillow, but allowed the lawsuit’s primary trade secrets claim.

The presiding judge, Richard Seeborg, threw out TAN’s claims of unfair competition and fraud, but allowed the primary complaint of misappropriated trade secrets and breach of oral contract, which will ensure the lawsuit moves forward into its second phase: discovery and depositions.

Both parties have expressed satisfaction in the ruling.

“We are pleased the judge dismissed two more of the claims in this case and believe the remaining claims are entirely without merit,” Zillow spokesperson Amanda Woolley told HousingWire. “Beyond that, we cannot comment given the pending litigation.”

Paul Llewellyn, attorney for the San Francisco firm Lewis & Llewellyn, which represents TAN, similarly told the housing website they are pleased with the ruling and “look forward to proceeding with the case.”

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