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Former Keller Williams CEO John Davis Slams Gary Keller, Calls KW ‘Criminal Enterprise’

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Former Keller Williams CEO John Davis took intention at Gary Keller in a press launch Monday, alleging the Keller Williams co-founder runs the corporate “much like a legal enterprise.”

Davis’s announcement comes as a federal district courtroom in Fort Price, Texas, is deliberating whether or not to have Davis’s authorized claims towards Keller, Keller Williams, and former KW President Josh Staff dealt with beneath arbitration.

Within the fall, Davis filed a lawsuit in what Davis mentioned is an effort to revive his status after sexual misconduct allegations towards him surfaced earlier in 2022 and to recuperate $300 million in damages. The Oct. 27 criticism additionally names Inga Dow, the CEO of a number of Keller Williams workplaces who lodged the allegations towards Davis, as a defendant. On the finish of January, the courtroom refused Keller’s request to merge the fits filed by Davis and Dow, ruling that they may proceed as two separate instances.

In his go well with, Davis alleges he resigned from KW due to a disagreement with Keller over a enterprise technique that he believed would herald much less revenue to Keller Williams workplaces, and that Keller and Staff responded by smearing him and withholding Dow’s accusations from him when he was negotiating the sale of his KW market heart areas after his resignation, leading to tens of thousands and thousands in monetary losses.

“Mr. Davis seeks a trial by his friends to shine the sunshine on how Gary Keller, Josh Staff, and Keller Williams Realty leaders run their enterprise and hurt the very those who made Gary Keller, Josh Staff and others rich,” mentioned Paul Omodt, spokesman for John Davis, within the announcement Monday. The discharge was issued by the legislation agency representing Davis, Nesenoff & Miltenberg.

“Our most up-to-date movement earlier than the courtroom seeks a public discussion board and argues towards Keller Williams’ use of arbitration to protect its misdeeds publicly. Mr. Davis and his crew consider within the power of their case and consider Gary Keller and his scheme have equally harmed others.”

Keller Williams spokesperson Darryl Frost despatched Inman an emailed assertion on behalf of all of the KW defendants.

“Sadly, Mr. Davis is utilizing the courtroom system, and now his paid publicist, as a car to claim unsubstantiated, unwarranted, and disparaging claims towards Keller Williams,” Frost mentioned.

“We sit up for the chance to disclose his claims for what they’re — an try and misdirect consideration and lay blame the place it shouldn’t be.”

Keller, Keller Williams, and Staff filed a movement to compel arbitration in Davis’s case on Feb. 8, arguing that Davis signed “quite a few agreements” with the defendants that embrace arbitration clauses. On Feb. 13, Dow advised the courtroom she agreed with Keller Williams that Davis’s claims — together with these towards her — must be resolved beneath arbitration.

However on Feb. 16, Davis advised the courtroom that an settlement he signed with Keller Williams on Nov. 4, 2020 “expressly cancels all earlier contracts and agreements.”

Furthermore, Davis’s attorneys argued that the arbitration settlement the defendants search to implement is “unconscionable” as a result of it’s designed to stop franchise homeowners from suing and subsequently maintaining Keller Williams’ alleged wrongdoings from coming to mild.

“Defendants are improperly attempting to silence Davis by broadening the phrases of the arbitration settlement, due to the potential for extra widespread litigation ensuing from the harms dedicated by Keller Williams and Gary Keller by means of the devaluation of many franchise homeowners’ pursuits over time,” the submitting reads.

“The KW Defendants’ current movement earlier than the Courtroom — searching for to remain this case and compel arbitration — is an element and parcel of the KW Defendants’ calculated efforts to keep away from legal responsibility and deter others, together with KW franchise homeowners, from asserting their authorized rights. Such reasoning for secrecy is towards public coverage.”

Davis’s attorneys particularly slam Keller and the way in which he operates Keller Williams.

“The KW Defendants, and extra significantly Gary Keller, run Keller Williams much like a legal enterprise, whereby investments and pursuits are taken or devalued by means of illegal ways, whether or not by means of improper discount of market caps or different means, due to Gary Keller’s greed,” the submitting reads.

‘Franchise proprietor victims who’re focused by Gary Keller don’t have any selection however to simply accept considerably lower than market worth affords or face shedding their investments by means of additional devaluation. A number of franchises are so considerably devalued by Gary Keller and Keller Williams that their homeowners don’t have any selection however to surrender their investments. Gary Keller and people near him have largely profited by means of the devaluing of pursuits of franchise holders for a few years, they usually proceed to take action thus far.”

Davis’s announcement Monday emphasised that the courtroom’s most up-to-date ruling denied Keller Williams’s “authorized maneuvers to maintain the case secret and hidden … in favor of the general public’s proper to know.”

That ruling was on Feb. 17 when the courtroom denied the Keller Williams defendants’ motions to seal each their movement to dismiss and all the filings associated to their movement to compel arbitration, which is why the filings are publicly out there.

In that very same order, Decide Reed O’Connor condemned “querulous conduct” and a “sample of abrasive conduct” from all the events within the case and threatened the attorneys concerned with sanctions for “[a]ny future deviations” from a “excessive normal {of professional} conduct.”

In a Feb. 20 reply to Davis’s submitting, attorneys for Keller, Keller Williams and Staff don’t tackle Davis’s allegations concerning the operation of Keller Williams. Reasonably, they argue that Davis’s place that the topic arbitration settlement is unconscionable is “unsupported.”

“[T]right here is nothing within the Settlement’s arbitration provisions that’s ‘sufficiently stunning or gross to compel the courtroom to intercede,’ which is the usual for substantive unconscionability,” the submitting reads.

“Lastly, arbitration will not be towards public coverage,” the submitting continues. “It’s properly established that arbitration of disputes between events is strongly favored beneath federal and state legislation.”

Staff and Dow didn’t reply to requests for remark.

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