The fallout from a 2022 lawsuit filed by philanthropist and investor William (Bill) J. Pulte against homebuilder PulteGroup Inc’s PHM +1.22% + Free Alerts onetime prospective COO Brandon Jones continues to widen, as the company has terminated another top executive.
Pulte didn't expect Twitter to be used against him.
But that's exactly what he alleged in a December lawsuit against Brandon Jones, then the ascendant chief operating officer of PulteGroup, the homebuilding company founded by Pulte's grandfather. The younger Pulte, who served on the PulteGroup board from 2016 to 2020, is no longer affiliated with the company, but his lawsuit shows the legacy relationship remains complex.
Boasting 3.2 million followers on Twitter, philanthropist Bill Pulte has used his account to discover deserving causes for fundraising and donations. Now, he suspects that multiple top executives at the Fortune 500 company in his family’s name have weaponized that social media platform against him.
LAWSUIT: Original filing of Florida defamation case, Pulte v. Jones (source)
PRESS RELEASE: PulteGroup terminates incoming COO Brandon Jones (link) (PDF)
MOTION TO DISMISS: https://dockets.justia.com/docket/florida/flsdce/9:2023cv80216/629021
PULTE PRESS RELEASE: https://www.prnewswire.com/news/the-pulte-family/
PULTEGROUP PRESS RELEASE: https://s22.q4cdn.com/957797852/files/doc_news/2022/12/PulteGroup-Announces-Brandon-Jones-to-Leave-the-Company-_-Final.pdf
PULTEGROUP PRESS RELEASE: https://s22.q4cdn.com/957797852/files/doc_news/2023/1.20.23-PulteGroup-Board-Completes-Investigation-into-Code-of-Ethical-Business-Conduct-Violations-by-Former-Employee.pdf
JONES LAWSUIT AGAINST PULTE: https://dockets.justia.com/docket/georgia/gandce/1:2023cv01228/313582
JONES LAWSUIT AGAINST PULTE: https://www.law360.com/cases/641dde8c171f754f47ee6a80/dockets
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