Published On: Thu, Sep 29th, 2016

Avi Dorfman can continue to call himself a co-founder of Compass: judge


Compass co-founder Robert Reffkin cannot seek damages from Avi Dorfman, a tech entrepreneur who claims to be one of the co-founders of the brokerage, a New York County Supreme Court judge has ruled.

Dorfman sued Reffkin in 2014, claiming he used the concept behind a joint venture they worked on together in 2012 to set up a competing business later known as Compass. Reffkin then allegedly forced him out of the company, now valued at more than $1 billion.

In counterclaims, Reffkin had alleged that Dorfman was improperly presenting himself as instrumental in the company’s early fundraising success and had used the Compass name in order to secure his two most recent positions, at Hailo, a taxi flagging app, and Quid, a data analytics company. Dorfman also incorrectly calls himself a co-founder of Compass on his LinkedIn page, despite having never been an employee of Compass, Reffkin alleged.

Read the fullstory at The Real Deal, by Katherine Clarke

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