CrossCountry Mortgage continues to defend itself in quite a few poaching lawsuits, submitting responses to complaints from Guild Mortgage and loanDepot over the previous two weeks.
The Brecksville, Ohio-based lender is preventing a six-figure penalty requested by Guild to cowl a part of over $2 million in authorized charges incurred in a now yearlong swimsuit. Guild accuses CrossCountry of raiding its Seattle-area department with over two dozen workers final yr and is asking a federal decide in Washington to sanction CrossCountry for its alleged stalling techniques within the case.
Because the swimsuit was filed final October, CrossCountry argued questions of jurisdiction, which counsel for Guild stated was a type of “discussion board purchasing,” or an try and discover a extra favorable venue for the defendant. Attorneys for Guild Wednesday filed a request for CrossCountry to pay a $633K penalty.
In a trio of filings final week, CrossCountry argued towards the sanctions, suggesting its prolonged jurisdiction arguments have been harmless efforts to defend itself.
“The overwhelming proof is that CrossCountry proceeded to litigate this case with the good-faith perception that range existed,” wrote counsel on behalf of CrossCountry.
The edges are set to look in a digital oral argument Oct. 27, and a jury trial within the case is scheduled for subsequent February. CrossCountry earlier this yr additionally sued Guild for allegedly hiring away a Nevada department supervisor who diverted loans, however the sides agreed to dismiss the case in July.
A spokesperson for Guild declined to remark, and a consultant for CrossCountry and attorneys within the case did not reply to requests for remark Wednesday.
The developments are the newest chapter within the saga of poaching complaints towards CrossCountry lately. The agency final week additionally laid stinging criticisms on megalender loanDepot in a countersuit to a poaching swimsuit it filed in July within the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York.
LoanDepot accuses 32 of its former workers of bolting to CrossCountry since February with 1000’s of confidential paperwork, and is suing for counts together with unfair competitors. Counsel for CrossCountry final week alleged loanDepot’s lawsuit was filed to sit back competitors within the labor market, and to hunt retribution for CrossCountry’s spurning loanDepot’s merger proposal in March 2021.
“Its aim is … to distract from the truth that, after years of misconduct, fostering a poisonous work setting, and misrepresenting itself to its buyers, loanDepot’s chickens are coming residence to roost,” wrote attorneys for CrossCountry.
The countersuit is just like a submitting CrossCountry made towards loanDepot this summer season, in response to loanDepot’s different poaching grievance in an Illinois federal court docket. CrossCountry in that case was hit with a brief restraining order by a federal decide in April, stopping it from contacting prospects whose info was included in loanDepot recordsdata allegedly introduced over by workers altering corporations.
LoanDepot, by way of a consultant Wednesday, stated it would not remark past the lawsuits.
CrossCountry is looking for to amend the restraining order and can be looking for discovery of loanDepot info round its dealing with of its personal buyer contact info. A federal decide accredited an settlement between the lenders to increase the invention and short-term restraining order in that case to Dec. 15.