So far, the public commentary on the dispute between ADP and hotshot startup Zenefits has been pretty one-sided. Now, the giant company is speaking up against what it calls a “campaign of misinformation.”
ADP filed two motions in federal district court in San Francisco on Tuesday: one covers its opposition to Zenefits’ recent argument that case should be dismissed; and the other offers more evidence to support its original complaint.
Officially, ADP is suing the human resources software startup with defamation, over remarks Zenefits made publicly after the companies’ “complex but friendly” relationship went sour in late May. That’s when Zenefits’ access to some of ADP’s data was allegedly cut off without warning. As its defense against ADP’s subsequent suit, Zenefits cites a California statute specifically created to protect large companies from using defamation lawsuits to shut down smaller competitors.
In a lengthy statement supplementing its filings shared via email, ADP paints itself as a victim:
Since that time, ADP has hired risk consulting firm Kroll to assess the technical issues at the heart of the matter. So far, Kroll’s assessment backs ADP’s assertion that Zenefits’ access to its database threatened the reliability of its systems, according to the ADP statement. (Here’s ADP’s public position on the case.)
As you can imagine, Zenefits—no stranger to controversy—is ready with a response. Here’s part of its statement, which is attributed to Joshua Stein, vice president of litigation, regulatory affairs and public policy:
Right now, it looks like the next official update will come Aug. 20, when there’s a hearing scheduled. Meanwhile, for your reading pleasure, ADP’s two latest motions are below.
UPDATE, July 22, 2015: This story was updated to clarify that while Zenefits has been challenged on regulatory grounds, it was not previously sued. The story now includes its entire response to ADP’s filing this week.
Opposition to Anti-SLAPP Special Motion to Strike
Opposition to Motion to Dismiss