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US: Complaints of eBay’s Sherman Act violation ruled insufficient

 |  February 5, 2013

A California appeals court has ruled that eBay did not violate US antitrust laws in its practice of discouraging its users from performing transactions with each other independently of EBay. An independent fabrics company sued EBay for various violations, including a breach of the Sherman Antitrust Act. eBay faced down four of the complaints, asking the court to block the company’s fifth complaint, which the judge in Orange County agreed to. Judge Richard Aronson wrote on behalf of a three-member panel noting that the “plaintiffs failed to sufficiently allege eBay engaged in conduct that violated the Sherman Act.”


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