They don’t call it “ruthless capitalism” for nothing!
Ebay has filed a lawsuit against fellow online retail giant Amazon, reports the Wall Street Journal. The charge? Amazon used EBay’s internal messaging system — intended for use between EBay merchants and customers — to poach sellers and bring them over to Amazon.
The scheme occurred both internationally and within the U.S., and the tactics cited in the lawsuit are pretty blatant. Many of the poachers use boilerplate language from one solicitation to another. And they even discuss their activities within the platform itself.
EBay seems to have very strong evidence that this was going on. The question is whether it was actually illegal, or just shady behavior. EBay is suing on the grounds of “intentional interference with contractual relations and economic relations,” according to the Wall Street Journal report. And, “fraud and violation of the California penal and business and professions codes.” Read more…
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