Former CEO and co-founder of Tinder Sean Rad has requested that the New York Supreme Court dismiss a $250 million lawsuit launched against him by the owners of the dating app.
The company Match Group and IAC claims that Sean duplicated internal files and other sensitive information before he departed in 2016. Rad fired back by saying his contract allowed him to copy any internal emails and keep those contacts after his time at Tinder came to an end.
Back and forth
Back in August 2018, Rad, alongside a group of other former Tinder alumni, sued Match Group and IAC with claims that they had purposely undervalued Tinder to avoid paying out millions to the team employed there.
Since then, Match has a countersuit going on with the most recent claims that Sean held onto emails which they say he wasn’t supposed to.
Rad continues to claim his contract gave him the ability to do so, allowing him to hold on to his work emails and allow him to use them in any legal action against Tinder. Match’s own motion claims otherwise.
“In this frivolous lawsuit, Match now tries to cheat Rad of even more money, seeking to claw back hundreds of millions in equity compensation that Rad earned for creating and building Tinder, and all because Rad did what his contract authorized him to do," the motion states.
Sean’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, fired back with a statement about the lawsuits: “the contract specifically allowed Sean Rad to keep these documents, and IAC and Match are just mad that Sean retained the evidence that will expose their misconduct. We look forward to presenting that evidence to a jury.”