NAR dodges 3 Zillow claims in Crocker letter countersuit, but defamation sticks

Judge says trade group 'vouched for' accuracy of whistleblower letter in distributing it to the media
  • A Washington state judge has dismissed three breach and interference claims against NAR in a countersuit brought by Zillow.
  • Zillow's defamation counterclaim against the trade group was allowed to go forward because of NAR's alleged distribution of the whistleblower letter to the media.
  • A neutral forensic examination of the electronic devices of three Zillow employees is ongoing.

A countersuit filed by Zillow in August against the National Association of Realtors is packing a bit less of a punch today. A Washington state court has thrown out three of the suit’s claims against the million-member trade group, but allowed claims for defamation and abuse of process to go forward.