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Better Sued Beeline Loans in SDNY Now Discovery Dispute Moved Into Dead Hyperlinks

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 16 – Better Holdco, Inc. has sued Beeline Loans, Inc. for allegedly using its proprietary information, obtained through former employee Jack Abramowitz. 

   On April 20, 2021, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

 In the discovery phase, Better accuses Beeline of improper redactions, and asked that "Beeline be ordered immediately to produce unredacted copies." 

  Beeline's counsel told Judge Cronan they are not hiding anything, they would submitted to an in camera review by him.

Better said it would be too burdensome on the court.

But Judge Cronan agreed to do it, warning Beeline that the standard to agree to redaction, with the protective order in place, is high.

On May 24, the assigned Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn held a discovery conference. She granted Better the right to depose Beeline's in-house counsel Jess Kennedy, but only about the company's hiring of Jack Abramowitz and possession, use or access to "Better Information" - but no questions about Beeline's pre-litigation investigation into the alleged misappropriate of the Better Information.

On July 19, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn held another discovery conference. She said she does not like to limit access to discovery, but in this case would agree that some documents could be for outside counsel's eyes only.

In December 2021, the discovery disputes grew worse, with Better Holdco accusing Beeline Loans of violating court orders by using hyperlinks that show, they say, the Beeline had not destroyed contents of Jack Abramowitz' email account.

  Beeline on the other hand says it only re-activated Abramowitz' Google account in order to produce discovery.

The case is Better Holdco, Inc. v. Beeline Loans, Inc., 20-cv-8686 (Cronan / Netburn)



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