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Ebay sues Amazon for allegedly poaching sellers

Global online marketplace Ebay sued e-commerce rival Amazon in the US on Wednesday for allegedly infiltrating its internal messaging system to poach successful sellers, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

According to the lawsuit, filed in state court in California, dozens of Amazon sales representatives worldwide used Ebay’s internal member-to-member messaging system to approach high-value sellers and attempt to persuade them to sell through Amazon in violation of Ebay’s terms of service.

The lawsuit filing described Amazon’s efforts as “part of a larger pattern of aggressive, unscrupulous conduct” and requests monetary damages as well as a court order barring Amazon from poaching Ebay sellers.

Ebay lawyers sent Amazon a cease-and-desist letter earlier this month after the scheme was discovered, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon is reportedly investigating the claims.

Internet Retailing contacted Amazon for comment, but had not received a reply by the time of this writing.

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