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

  • 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.

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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...