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Zillow exec Curt Beardsley penned ‘Attack ListHub’ memo before leaving Move Inc.

Move-Zillow lawsuit hinges on competition for agent listings
  • While he was still an employee at Move, Zillow exec Curt Beardsley drew up a document outlining how to undermine Move's listing syndicator, ListHub.
  • Move says Zillow thwarted its plans for a "ListHub 2.0" strategy.
  • A Washington state court has ordered both Move and Zillow to turn over their direct feed agreements with MLSs.

Before jumping ship to Zillow, former Move Inc. executive Curt Beardsley quailed at the idea of having to execute a plan to "save" Move's listing syndicator ListHub. Now, a court has released two versions of a document that the Move legal team says is a plan to attack ListHub. The company claims Beardsley drafted the plan months before leaving his then-employer in order to undermine Move's widely used listing distribution platform. Curt Beardsley According to metadata, Beardsley prepared or edited this memo -- which Zillow says is titled "How Z might challenge M" --  on a Friday morning two days after Christmas in 2013. Just over a year later, Zillow announced it was launching a competing product and its agreement with ListHub would expire in April 2015. ListHub would no longer feed broker listings from MLSs to the most highly-trafficked real estate website on the Web. A King County superior court judge in Washington state has ordered both Move and Zillow to turn ove...