Amazon scored a major win against its rival platform eBay in a legal battle over seller poaching.
The case dates back to 2018 when eBay had filed two lawsuits against Amazon, accusing the company of illegally poaching eBay sellers by infiltrating the company’s internal messaging system and inflicting harm on eBay. According to CNN, the company alleged that Amazon had told its sales representatives to create and use eBay accounts to pursue “many hundreds” of eBay sellers to sell on Amazon instead.
One of the cases was filed against Amazon in Santa Clara County, while the other targeted a group of Amazon managers in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in 2019.
“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,” an eBay spokesperson told CNN in 2019. “There are laws to protect against anti-competitive and illegal tactics, and we have every intention of holding the company and specific ringleaders accountable,”
However, the arbitration panels appointed on both of the cases denied all the claims eBay made against Amazon. The panels of both courts acknowledged that while eBay provided sufficient proof of breach, the company did not suffer any damages as a result.
While the rulings still need to be confirmed by courts, they are an important win for Amazon, which has been facing growing criticism over its predatory practices both in the U.S. and in other international markets.