On October 11, Chimicles & Tikellis LLP filed a motion for preliminary injunction and declaratory judgment against HomeAdvisor seeking to halt the lead generation organization’s continued use of online profile pages for roughly 188,000 former home service professionals on HomeAdvisor's website.
Chimicles & Tikellis represents the nine home improvement contractors from eight states who launched a class action lawsuit in July 2018 against HomeAdvisor and its parent company, IAC/InterActiveCorp, alleging that the lead generation platform uses misleading sales techniques to sell contractors “bogus leads” to generate higher profit.
The motion alleges that HomeAdvisor's exploitation of former members is a cornerstone of its business and that the organization uses misleading strategies specifically to intercept and redirect potential business opportunities from former home service professionals to convert them to job leads that are sold to current HomeAdvisor members. The motion mentions the following allegations:
The motion contends that the alleged conduct violates federal law against false advertising and state statutes that protect business owners from unfair competition and deceptive business practices.
If you are or were a HomeAdvisor home service professional and are interested in discussing your legal rights, and/or you have information relating to this motion filed for Costello et al., v. HomeAdvisor, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:18-cv-01802-WJM (D. Colo.), you can reach Nicholas E. Chimicles, Kimberly Donaldson Smith, Scott M. Tucker or Stephanie E. Saunders with Chimicles & Tikellis LLP at (610) 642-8500.