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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Wed July 21 2021 09:12:06

eBay and Top Officials Named in Federal Lawsuit

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eBay and Top Officials Named in Federal Lawsuit

Allegations of Systematic and Psychological Torture Aimed at Silencing
Journalists

Attorney Rosemary Scapicchio, featured in the hit Netflix documentary "Trial 4," representing Plaintiffs

July 21, 2021 (Boston, MA): A federal lawsuit was filed this morning at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, on behalf of David and Ina Steiner, Natick journalists behind the ecommerce trade publication, EcommerceBytes. The journalists accuse eBay, a multinational company with a market value of more than $47 billion, of engaging in a conspiracy to torture them both emotionally and psychologically. The suit also names eBay's former CEO, former Chief Communications Officer, and Progressive F.O.R.C.E Concepts.

The suit alleges eBay engaged in a conspiracy to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence the Steiners through a barrage of around-the-clock cyberstalking, ominous death threats and deliveries, and in-person surveillance that caused the Steiners to fear for their lives.

"The Plaintiffs are taking the brave step to hold all those responsible, accountable for these despicable acts." said Rosemary Scapicchio, lawyer for the Plaintiffs.

As a result of their conspiracy, two of the named Defendants have been indicted in the criminal proceeding; five of the named Defendants have pled guilty to their participation. The Defendants further obstructed investigations and concealed their actions from law enforcement to protect both themselves and their employers, which enabled the torture to continue.

"This has been an unbelievably difficult ordeal for my wife and I," said David Steiner. "Never did we imagine doing our jobs as journalists would lead to this. We want to protect the rights of reporters and their freedom of the press. We have endured enormous cruelty and abuse and feared for our lives. If this behavior can happen to us, it can happen to anyone."

The suit seeks damages to be awarded by a jury.

The legal team consists of the Law Offices of Rosemary Scapicchio, the Law Office of Jillise McDonough, and the Law Offices of Laura Panos.

Media Contact:
Sean Hennessey
The Castle Group
shennessey@thecastlegrp.com
617.943.4323

You can find the complaint on ScapicchioLaw.com.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Jul 22 01:48:51 2021

It is my hope that Ina and David get whatever it is they feel is appropriate to help them heal and move on.  I can't even imagine having to deal with the things I know about that happened the summer and fall of 2019, much less all the things I don't know about that period for them.  

This isn't about Ebay raising fees, cheerleaders, ending Ebay or anything else other than David and Ina and the unthinkable things they had to endure at the hands of some Ebay employees at the time.  

My thoughts and prayers are with David and Ina in the hopes they get what they need to have closure to this unimaginable and terrorizing time in their lives.  

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by: theebayguy This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 02:28:42 2021

Let's hope this comes to an end quickly so you can get on with your lives and that justice is served...Which include jail sentences to a least a few of the participants and a HUGE payout by eBay as they were the business behind their employees that did it......

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by: Jono77 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 05:08:31 2021

Good luck Ina & David.
Whatever happens I hope you or someone will continue the good work you have done over the years and that eBay do not get to pay their way out of a jail sentence.

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by: methuen-web-sales This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 07:19:45 2021

Here is hoping you will do well.  If you feel it is better for you folks to do the NDA, then  do what is best for you.  Just saying you were asked to settle and sign an NDA says volumes.   But a public trial would be interesting.  Along the lines of the ''Varsity Blues'' trial.  Or Whitey's!  

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by: Momcat55 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 07:46:11 2021

I cannot imagine the psychological horror eBay knowingly put you two through. They are pure evil.

Whatever you end up doing legally and publicly, I hope it affords you closure and the ability to move on and put this behind you.

And many zeroes added to your bank account as well!!

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Thu Jul 22 07:54:01 2021

Put Ebay OUT OF BUSINESS ! ! !
DO IT ! ! !

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by: Gumball This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 08:18:09 2021

I am sorry you have had to go through this ordeal just for reporting updates on the various venues, shipping companies, and problems with site usage. We who have been with you since you began know that you have done a good and unbiased job of getting the news out to those who sell and buy on the internet. May your days be easier now that you know who was behind the terrorism.  

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by: Donkey This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 08:23:06 2021

Hopefully the settlement will not have to go through ebay's managed payments.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 08:24:51 2021

"This isn't about Ebay raising fees, cheerleaders, ending Ebay or anything else other than David and Ina and the unthinkable things they had to endure at the hands of some Ebay employees at the time. "

WRONG

Its EXACTLY about all of that and more.

Its about 2 people - who did NOTHING wrong (to my knowledge they dont even sell on eBay and if they do - they dont comment HERE about it) and got tangled up in a web of violence, deceit, abuse and more - just to "please" the eBay "gods".

As for the eBay cheerleaders - AHEM - they always seem to know best. They can never find the CAJONES to stand up and say - STOP ABUSING YOUR SELLERS/CUSTOMERS. They can never seem to differentiate between right and wrong. Because you put it in your "TOS" doesnt mean its right/legal/moral.

THIS was a TERRIBLE wrong and one that WILL get corrected. I dont care if they get a penny or a billion dollars - as long as THEY feel that they get "ultimate justice" in what ever fashion they desire.

eBay has NO FLOOR, look at what they did to the Steiners - and you think that stealing money from sellers bothers them? do you think tax evasion (with the help of the recalled idiot in CA's help) is beyond them? filing false 10k statements to up their stock bothers them????

NOTHING bothers them. NO they arent "just a venue", no they arent (barely) a selling platform - its a crooked organization whos one and ONLY goal is to forceably take money from people without cause.

Yes - today justice will get served - and all the cheerleaders who think eBays behaviors are justified, to eat crow.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Thu Jul 22 08:38:34 2021

Behind you 100% Ina and David and wishing you the best.  I can not imagine how terrifying this was for you both.  It's was like something out of the Sopranos. Doesn't one of the posters here regularly refer to eBay as the San Jose mafia?  In light of your experience, that term seems quite fitting.

Now here is the million dollar question--will the corporate boards that Wenig sits on take notice?

I really hope that your story eventually ends up on 60 Minutes.   I am also hoping that this story hits the front page of every major newspaper.  A light needs to be shined on this despicable behavior.

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by: HardWorkingSeller This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 08:44:37 2021

Sorry you both had to go through this.

This will never get to court.  eBay will want to shut down the media feeding frenzy well before anyone ever gets deposed.  So exactly how far up this went may never be documented.

I assume that eBay will cover the legal expenses of the senior folks being accused as that would be small change relative to the damage to the brand.  The working level people who were following their orders will be thrown under the bus, of course.

I'm sure that there's a big settlement in the pipeline (I'm guessing that figures have already been offered and declined).

I have some thoughts as to where the first $57 million might come from.

Unfortunately it's more likely to come from seller fee increases, but that's not your fault.

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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 09:18:20 2021

I hope you end up owning them. The single worst corporate crime I have ever read about.  

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by: Junkminer This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 10:20:08 2021

The headlines all refer to the Steiners as a "couple" suing ebay. They are professional journalists suing ebay not just some random seller with a grudge (that would be all of us). They were clearly targeted because of their negative coverage of the company and the company wanted that coverage to stop.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Jul 22 11:06:07 2021

@The End

"Put Ebay OUT of business."

What about all the families that depend on eBay for a living?

That's about the DUMBEST thing I've heard in a long while. . . . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Thu Jul 22 11:09:47 2021

@pace306

This site is toast

When the Steiners get $10 million, part of the settlement will be to shut this site down.

Mark my words, that's how it works. . . . .It's been fun, I've been here longer than most. . . .

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by: ssusannss This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 11:34:07 2021

Wishing you the best! What they did was horrible, and all because you dared to tell the truth about eBay. They are disgusting.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Thu Jul 22 12:15:38 2021

@ toolguy
I know it sound cruel.
Ebay MUST be shut down Now.
We all know a TON of us depend on the online sales to feed and clothe the family.
The pressure to bring home the bacon is high.
A Brand New CLEAN non corrupt venue is needed right now.
In lieu of selling on Ebay right now, go monetize your other talents.
In life we make sacrifices.
This must be done. Even Pierre Omidyar, Father of Ebay, would agree.
Put Ebay down.
More GOOD , Clean , Non Corrupt selling venues will come along before Christmas.
Everything will turn out just fine.
Now, HIT the want ads and get going !



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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 12:20:59 2021

@rexford - that person who claims that eBay has devolved from an ecommerce platform into the San Jose mafia - would be ME. I'm proud of the comparison and I think its %100 spot on.

There isnt anything eBay does that isnt coercive, there isnt anything that eBay does that isnt done with lieng, cheating and stealing.

Whether its (forced labor) creating listings, whether its theft via Returns fraud, whether its theft via MP, whether its deception via VERO (note that regardless of how many times VERO has stuck its ugly head into my business - NOT ONE of the companies involved ever sued me, threatened to sue me, or even contacted me - its all about THE MONEY, or even promoted listings (where people who have higher prices then you and worse ratings can jump ahead of you by paying off the capos in charge) ..... EVERY part of eBay is theft - SPECIFICALLY because IN COURT UNDER OATH they are just a venue and HAVE NOTHING to do with listings and the products in those listings!

The cheerleaders HERE have Stockholm syndrome. (Stockholm syndrome is an emotional response. It happens to some abuse and hostage victims when they have positive feelings and/or sympathy for their captors causes and goals

No matter what eBay says or does - its all OK and its all good and if you dont like it - you are a complainer, or a malcontent. Their belief is that it doesnt matter - you signed up to use their services so they can do as they please to you .. AT WILL.

@ TOOL

"@pace306

This site is toast

When the Steiners get $10 million, part of the settlement will be to shut this site down."

Says who? If were a lawyer for them and you said that - you should be disbarred or just laughed out of court.

The Steiners did nothing wrong - theres no reason for them to have to accept ANY kind of settlement OTHER then what they want. THEY were the victims and therefore NO good lawyer worth their salt would take such a position, why would they? IF they were guilty of something (lets pretend its "slander"), THEN they would have to accept the closing of this site as part of the punishment "for the crime". As they were the victims, its EBAY that must surrender something - money - for starters, maybe personnel loss (all people involved, fired or jailed). Maybe stick with rusty tools - "lawyering" isnt your "cup of meat".

"What about all the families that depend on eBay for a living?"

Sell on Mercari, Top Hatter, Etsy, Amazon, start their own website, Ruby Lane, Walmart, flea markets, garage sales, Facebook Marketplace, Google Shopping ..... does that help clarify it for you ?

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 13:31:09 2021

“ "This isn't about Ebay raising fees, cheerleaders, ending Ebay or anything else…”

Yes it is. Please take note of the fact that, in the upper right side of this page, there are at least 9 YEARS worth of archived posts just to this blog covering every subject imaginable in eCommerce, not just eBay.

But regarding eBay, for those majority of posts included - not to mention all the articles with commentary - they cover PRECISELY the things that are at the root of this suit. For without such ‘reason’, thus motivation, there would be no cause to the effect realized. It’s that simple.

To dismiss this matter as being singularly focused on the legal charges themselves would be precisely what eBay would want, as a method of attempting to escape culpability, or even notice, of what fueled their motives - which must - must - come into the light of both media and authority scrutiny.

This is a suit for damages. The ‘money’ is to get eBay’s attention, because that is the only thing that does. (See aforementioned archives).

But, to settle this matter without such enlightenment for “anything else” (in context), without full and public elocution of same with apology, and then without some relief from it all…then eBay wins.

And this behavior continues - in more ‘careful’ guise and guile.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Jul 22 13:42:12 2021

@Pace

Don't twist what I said.  I said what I meant to say and I stand by it.  Which was as follows:

It is my hope that Ina and David get whatever it is they feel is appropriate to help them heal and move on.  I can't even imagine having to deal with the things I know about that happened the summer and fall of 2019, much less all the things I don't know about that period for them.  

This isn't about Ebay raising fees, cheerleaders, ending Ebay or anything else other than David and Ina and the unthinkable things they had to endure at the hands of some Ebay employees at the time.  

My thoughts and prayers are with David and Ina in the hopes they get what they need to have closure to this unimaginable and terrorizing time in their lives.  

This isn't about what you want or what others may want because of their hatred for Ebay.  This is about David and Ina and what THEY need and should receive.

I will need you to refresh my memory, when did I ever say or imply that David or Ina did something wrong?  That is simply ridiculous.

As someone that some on this site frequently call a "cheerleader" clearly your definition of how I post or what I post is inaccurate at best.

Please quote any of my posts that even remotely represent your statement "Yes - today justice will get served - and all the cheerleaders who think eBays behaviors are justified, to eat crow."  It is puffing plain and simple.

And to be clear here, I don't remember reading a single post by ANYONE that represented that statement.  Either here or on the Ebay threads when all of this came to light last summer.

This is ONLY about David and Ina and what was done to THEM.  The serious harm and the serious wrong that was done to THEM.

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