The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that Amazon managers, including three identified by name, set quotas for recruiting sellers and directed their employees to illegally poach eBay sellers. It was first reported by the New York Times.
The company also claims that Amazon targeted specific types of eBay sellers, such as those who could offer trending items or fill gaps in Amazon’s product lineup.
Amazon declined to comment.
“Based on new details brought to us, it is clear that Amazon’s illegal scheme to target eBay sellers is more coordinated, systemic and pervasive than originally thought. There are laws to protect against anti-competitive and illegal tactics, and we have every intention of holding the company and specific ringleaders accountable,” an eBay spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business.
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