Avison Young Says Grubb & Ellis Broker Hires Were Kosher

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT) -- An Avison Young Inc. attorney told a New York state judge Tuesday that the Canadian real estate brokerage Avison Young's hiring of brokers from bankrupt Grubb & Ellis Co., which BGC Partners Inc. has acquired, was just business as usual, not illegal poaching and trade secrets theft.

Beth A. Williams of Kirkland & Ellis LLP., who represents Avison Young, urged Judge Marcy Friedman to dismiss BGC Partners' allegations that Avison Young had executed a yearslong scheme to poach Grubb & Ellis brokers and steal its business...
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