Judge Grants Zillow Motion to Strike Whistleblower Letter

TWL_2015_may_blog5Move Inc. has lost a valuable piece of evidence in its trade-secret lawsuit against Zillow. Earlier this week, a Washington state superior court judge granted Zillow’s motion to strike an anonymous whistleblower letter from a former Zillow employee that alleged Zillow’s current chief industry development officer stole documents and databases from Move Inc. in order to improve its own real estate listings. Move Inc. had hoped the letter would compel the court to order third parties to produce a broad range of documents that would prove Zillow was indeed using trade secrets. Instead, the judge’s ruling limits the scope of the documents third parties like Trulia, JP Morgan Securities and Goldman Sachs must produce.

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