Owner Sues Zillow Claiming $1M Home Was Wrongly Listed as a Foreclosure

February 18, 2020

A homeowner in the Charleston, S.C., area has filed a lawsuit against Zillow claiming the real estate site’s mistake of listing his $1 million home as a foreclosure has damaged his reputation. Dennis Schimpf, a plastic surgeon, has filed a defamation and negligence lawsuit against Zillow.

Zillow denies wrongdoing.

Schimpf says that the foreclosure notice on his home in the Daniel Island appeared on Zillow’s website for more than two weeks in January 2018. He contacted legal counsel after he noticed it to have it removed, which Zillow did within days.

“Unfortunately, by the time the false information was removed from the Zillow website, [Schimpf] and the property had already suffered significant injuries and damages, and would continue to suffer significant injuries and damages thereafter,” the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit has unspecified financial losses but is requesting that Zillow compensate Schimpf for alleged damage to his reputation, mental anguish and emotional distress, humiliation and anxiety, lost enjoyment of life, inconvenience, and legal fees, The Post and Courier reports on the lawsuit.

In a statement in January, Zillow responded to the lawsuit: “We believe the claims are without merit and intend to vigorously defend ourselves. That’s why we make it easy for users to claim their homes or contact us to update their home facts. In this situation, we promptly removed the data in question when the consumer notified us, a fact the plaintiff himself admits.”

The 4,446-square-foot, five bedroom home is listed on the market for $1,049,500.