Zillow's own agent program hit with second class action

December 22, 2019
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Trulia LLC's parent company Zillow Group gets slapped with its own class action litigation.

A few weeks after Long Island attorney Spencer Sheehan filed a class action lawsuit blasting Trulia’s Premier Agent program as “unfair and deceptive,” the lawyer filed a new lawsuit against Trulia’s parent, Zillow Group, containing the same allegations and using the same metaphors.

The program is:

“The analog equivalent to buying a billboard to advertise another real estate broker’s listing but with the contact information of [Premier Agents],” the new suit states.

That’s almost identical to the language in the prior suit that called the practice “equivalent of buying a billboard to advertise the listing of another real estate broker and including a picture of the property and telephone number for prospective buyers to call.”

Sheehan is joined by two other attorneys as joint filers on the most recent lawsuit, which was first reported by Inman. The new suit is more expansive in a number of other ways as well.

While the previous suit defined its class as “all real estate brokers in New York,” the new suit encompasses “all real estate brokers and real estate sales agents in New York, Pennsylvania and States where defendant conducts business.”

But like the prior suit, which featured Queens-based broker Andrew Kim as lead plaintiff, the lead plaintiff on the new suit is another Queens-focused real estate agent — Max Brizer of R New York.

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