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eBay's lawyer Mike Rhodes of Cooley Godward spent four hours cross-examining Craigslist founder Craig Newmark on Friday morning. Mr. Rhodes seemed frustrated at times with Mr. Newmark's deliberate approach to answering questions. Mr. Newmark remained calm and unflappable during what was sometimes grueling examination.
Summarizing and paraphrasing some of key points:
Mr. Rhodes expressed great surprise when he purported to learn this morning that Clint Powell was Mr. Newmark's boss at Craigslist. ("Is he really your boss," he asked.)
He then said he was going to Washington tomorrow to meet with Veterans Affairs and judge an innovation contest. The VA lost ground in prior years, there is a backlog in medical claims and the GI bill is in bad shape, and 120,000 people have not been paid, he said.
A reporter from Bloomberg asked if Mr. Newmark could talk about the David and Goliath reference in general, which came up in his testimony (see AuctionBytes news article). Craigslist lawyer would not let him answer the question.
AuctionBytes asked if Craig saw parallels in the Craigslist community and the eBay community, he said people have the same values in common, those who use both sites.
Craigslist lawyer then whisked him away.
Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster is now on the stand.
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