A federal judge upholds his earlier ruling that a group of real estate representatives who went rogue and attempted to sell against The Villages owe their former boss $ 603,700 in legal fees.
U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. announced his ruling on Friday in the lawsuit in which Properties of The Villages Inc. prevailed over sellers Christopher Day and Jason Kranz, who formed KD Premier Realty in hopes of changing the most user-friendly real estate sales landscape in Florida. Hometown.
Day and Kranz and their associates had claimed they were entitled to attorney fees because they believed “they won out on important matters relating to breach of contract claims.” The judge rejected this argument.
Day, Kranz and their associates argued for a five-day trial earlier this year in Federal Court in Tampa, their independent contractual agreements with The Villages were invalid for several reasons, including that they were treated more like employees than independent contractors.
Day and Kranz sent explosive emails to the entire Properties of The Villages sales force on December 16, 2019 announcing their abrupt departure. When VP of Sales Jennifer Parr took the witness stand during the trial, she admitted to being caught off guard by the sudden exit of two of her top salespeople, both of whom were making around $ 500,000 a year, according to their own testimony.
Day and Kranz admitted to taking customer lists and other information when they left Properties of The Villages, but both played it down and said what they took was outdated and worthless.
The judge banned Day, Kranz and their associates from making real estate transactions in The Villages for 18 months.
Kranz moved their real estate business to the Bradenton / Sarasota area. He announced on his website that he had moved his family to Lakewood Ranch, a community that topped The Villages from the No.1 ranking as the top-selling primary planned community in the country.
During the trial, it was revealed that Day had created an alter ego he called “The Sellinator”. He was writing a motivational book which he recounted under the name “The Sellinator”. His website http://thesellinator.com/ is now offline.