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Court order crops damages claim in Zillow-Move trial

The judge granted and denied several motions leading up to next week's trial

As a trial between archrivals Move Inc. and Zillow approaches its June 6 start date, a Washington state judge has narrowed its scope, but a more than $1 billion damages claim against Zillow remains. The plaintiffs in the trade secrets case -- News Corp. subsidiary and realtor.com operator Move and the National Association of Realtors -- allege former Move employee Errol Samuelson, now Zillow's chief industry development officer, tipped Zillow off to merger talks between Move and Trulia in early 2014, among other claims. Errol Samuelson But in a May 27 order, Judge Sean O'Donnell of King County Superior Court said that Move and NAR failed to prove that Move and Trulia would mostly likely have merged absent Zillow's intervention. Therefore, O'Donnell granted a motion from Zillow, Samuelson, and fellow Zillow exec Curt Beardsley to dismiss Move and NAR's $384 million claim for actual damages as a result of the alleged misappropriation of Trulia-related trade secrets. ...