The legal battle between the Zillow Group and Move continues with Judge John Chun ordering the Zillow employee Curt Beardsley and an expert witness hired by Zillow to undertake additional depositions and Beardsley to refrain from file deletion or the discarding of potential evidence.
The judge's order is a result of allegations by Move that Beardsley deleted files from Zillow accounts that may be related to the case. Move and NAR have also asked the court for access to Zillow’s computers and cloud storage accounts for the purposes of a forensic review.
The case started when Move and the NAR filed a suit against Zillow in March 2014, after Errol Samuelson, then Move's chief strategy officer, resigned from Move and joined Zillow as the company's second-highest paid executive.
Move alleged that Samuelson and Zillow stole trade secrets and proprietary information, and that they have made efforts since to cover that up. Move further alleges that Zillow has been hiding or deleting evidence.
Zillow denies the allegations and in late August countersued Move and the NAR for defamation.
Last week the NAR filed a motion to dismiss the counterclaims by Zillow regarding the defamation charges.
The trial is scheduled for June 2016.