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Amazon wins legal fight against eBay over alleged seller poaching

November 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Amazon secured a major legal victory in its fight with rival eBay over seller poaching, with an arbitration panel ruling in its favor earlier this month, according to court filings by the company on Tuesday.

(CNN Business)Amazon secured a major legal victory in its fight with rival eBay over seller poaching, with an arbitration panel ruling in its favor earlier this month, according to court filings by the company on Tuesday.

eBay (EBAY) had filed two lawsuits — against Amazon (AMZN) in Santa Clara County in 2018 and against a group of Amazon managers in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in 2019 — accusing the Seattle-based company of illegally poaching eBay sellers by infiltrating its internal messaging system.

eBay alleged that Amazon sales representatives were told to create and use eBay accounts to access the company's internal messaging system for members to solicit "many hundreds" of eBay vendors to sell on Amazon.

The arbitration panel appointed by both courts found that while eBay proved claims of a breach, the company "did not prove it suffered damages as a result. "

The panel denied all of eBay's claims against Amazon, according to the filings.

Amazon declined to comment on the arbitration rulings.

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