EBay sues Amazon, accuses it of illegally poaching sellers

EBay sues Amazon, accuses it of illegally poaching sellers

EBay claims Amazon scheme to exploit internal email system

EBay.com Inc. on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com Inc. accusing the company of illegally poaching sellers on its marketplace via eBay’s internal messaging system.

The lawsuit, filed in Santa Clara County in California, accuses Amazon of having “perpetrated a scheme to infiltrate and exploit eBay’s internal member email system” over the past few years. The alleged scheme was used by dozens of Amazon sales representatives in the U.S. and abroad to recruit high-value eBay sellers to Amazon, the lawsuit said.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that eBay EBAY, -0.71% had sent a cease-and-desist letter to Amazon AMZN, -0.37% with the same claims.

An Amazon spokeswoman responded by referring to the company’s earlier statement, which said that it was conducting a thorough investigation of the accusations.

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