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Zillow execs to defend against claims of ‘massive’ evidence destruction

Evidentiary hearing starts today
  • Move and NAR allege Zillow execs Errol Samuelson and Curt Beardsley have destroyed a "massive" amount of evidence that would have shown the execs misappropriated Move and NAR's trade secrets.
  • Move and NAR are asking the court to issue a ruling deciding the case in their favor without a trial, saying a fair trial may no longer be possible.
  • Zillow, Samuelson and Beardsley maintain they had no duty to preserve evidence before a lawsuit was filed against them and they did not intentionally destroy evidence in bad faith, but rather deleted data to protect their own personal information.

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Errol Samuelson and Curt Beardsley -- Zillow Group's top representatives to the real estate industry -- will be in the hot seat this week, facing allegations of "massive" evidence destruction in a Seattle courtroom as early as today. Realtor.com operator Move Inc. and the National Association of Realtors have accused the execs of obliterating hundreds of gigabytes -- equivalent to hundreds of thousands of pages -- of evidence in a trade secrets lawsuit originally filed in March 2014 "This is a case where two sophisticated executives with technology backgrounds, who anticipated that they would be sued and that their communications would be subpoenaed, permanently erased data from multiple computers, smartphones, and mobile devices, deleted thousands of emails and an unknown number of text messages, used and even wrote special software programs to wipe even more data, and continued to destroy evidence even while the litigation was in progress and a subpoena was pending," att...