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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: toolguy

Fri Jul 23 11:08:18 2021

@pace306

"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 ?"

Yet, here you are still selling on eBay!

You complain about the fire yet you can't keep your fingers out of it.

TALK ABOUT HYPOCRISY! You're the poster child. . . .

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jul 23 11:15:52 2021

@RhinestoneMom

"If you are who I think you are, I am a regular customer of yours"

Let me know next time you order, I'll throw in some freebies for being a fellow Ecommercebytes member. . .My eBay Id's are z50com, vw & aircraft-tools

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 12:17:11 2021

@TOOL

"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 ?"


AND I sell on ALL those other places (well most - I dont sell on Etsy and FB marketplace) but thats NOT the point.

Your claim is that theres NO OTHER PLACES TO SELL except eBay and if it went away (its not), then (like chicken little) the SKY WILL FALL, it wont.

I listed (almost) all the OTHER options that exist.

As for my "still" selling on eBay ... you would have to be (to quote Jethro Tull) "Thick as a brick" (or cut your nose off to spite your face) to NOT sell on the industries 2nd largest platform regardless of how big of a criminal organization its become.

If you want to plant flowers, you are going to have to get your hands dirty with dirt and manure aka eBay ... ales klar her komissar?

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by: Jeff Smith This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 12:24:22 2021

Thank you guys for the law suit. Long overdue. We are standing behind you.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 12:24:33 2021

@TOOL (part 2)

"An out of court settlement will come.

The Steiner's don't want to re-live all of this in court, and then have to wait years for the cash.

My bet is that eBay offers them an amount they can't refuse.

And in that settlement will come a clause to shut down this site and keep mum about how much the settlement is.

1) An out of court settlement will come. - yes most probably - thats how these things work

2) My bet is that eBay offers them an amount they can't refuse. - maybe. No one here knows what the Steiners want out of it. MAYBE they want money (no brainer its owed to them for all they have been put through). MAYBE they want public admittance of guilt (possible but unlikely as large corporations dont like airing their dirty laundry in public

3) And in that settlement will come a clause to shut down this site. - no reason for that stipulation for be made or offered. The ONLY way this site "ends" is if the Steiners feel "their mission" is over and that after everything - they have had "enough". They could simply take $X and go off and retire (after all how many eBay does XXX idiot thing can any human take?). Your lack of understanding how layers work .......... IF the Steiners had actually done something wrong, THEN eBay could and would stipulate it as a condition for settlement. Since the Steiners were %101 NOT guilty - they are under no obligation "to do or not do ANYTHING". Its all between themselves and their lawyers.

It IS odd that eBay chose them as a target - considering ecommercebytes itself (not we the posters) has NOT been an avid critic of eBay - in the way they claimed (the reason it all started). MAYBE "they allowed it", but cest la vie - thats life when you have the 1rst amendment.

And as stated - if eBay was gonna come after anyone - people like me should have been target #1 .... but then eBay never gets ANYTHING right ... (so what do you expect?)

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 12:37:23 2021

@Marie

"Yet he still got fired."

He was allowed to leave on his own terms and even though they could have fired him for cause, which would have voided that ridiculous Golden Parachute payment, they allowed him to leave in a way which triggered that ridiculous payment.  If I had been a shareholder I would have tried to round up enough proxies to file a lawsuit against Ebay and the entire BOD for allowing this to happen.  My guess is he has enough dirt on all of them to bring them right down to his level and used it for a huge payday at the expense of every shareholder.  

Ebay is going to do everything in their power to get this case settled and out of the news in such a way that Wenig never has to go to court or wind up on the witness stand where he would have to perjure himself to avoid losing everything he was given by Ebay.  And I say given because under his leadership Ebay had the worst 5 years of their corporate history and are still suffering the consequences of his leadership with a platform that they have concluded is not worth attempting to fix as Elliot had promised when forcing Ebay to give them a seat on the board.

Money is no object in this suit to Ebay as long as they are able to settle it with an airtight NDA so none of their dirty laundry gets aired.  This is the first time that someone has had enough evidence as to all of the wrongdoing and potential violations of the RICO Act that Ebay has committed during their time as a publicly traded company.  I am sure almost every ex and current employee as well as BOD member has to be sweating profusely the potential for them to be exposed as well as those involved in just this one crime!!!

I hope the Steiners clean their clocks and personally I hope there is not a settlement with an NDA but also understand that Ina and David need to do what is best for them and their family.  Money will not be any object to Ebay to get this settled with an NDA so they can continue to operate as the San Jose Mafia to use another member of this sites name for them.  Whatever they decide to do that is best for THEM - I wish David and Ina nothing but the best with this lawsuit.

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by: Silver Ice King This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 12:40:44 2021

Also forgot to say, the only thing that Ebay is sorry for in this case is having been caught in the act and having no way to deny that it happened.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jul 23 12:51:00 2021

@pace306

"Your claim is that theres NO OTHER PLACES TO SELL except eBay"

When and where did I make this claim?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Fri Jul 23 13:10:34 2021

@iheartjacksparrow

Often times when you are talking about upper management they are given the option to resign or be fired.  That is nothing unusual in the corporate world, but I'm sure you are aware of that, you just like to poke at anything that I post.

With that said, he was fired within a month of Ebay learning about the behavior of several Ebay employees by the FBI.  As were the other people that were caught up in this matter.

I'm unsure as to why it is important to some to take away from the importance of this law suit for the Steiners to further their own campaign or desire to see Ebay destroyed.  

Speaking for myself that just doesn't make sense.  This isn't about that, no matter how much some desire it.  This is ONLY about the Steiners and the horrific things they were put through at the hands of these people that worked for Ebay.  And yes Ebay has some responsibility in this too which is exactly why they are being sued.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Jul 23 13:48:45 2021

@Marie - I "poke" at what you post when you write ridiculous things, such as the last sentence in your previous post, "And yes Ebay has some responsibility..." You really need to stop drinking the eBay Kool-Aid and stop defending every slimy, low-life, quasi-corrupt activity eBay engages in. As to the rest of your statements in your last post, please read (or re-read) Silver Ice King's very thoughtful post.

I have never stated I wanted to see eBay destroyed. The only thing I've ever wanted, as I've stated more than once, was to see eBay fixed and returned to a time when everything wasn't the seller's fault and buyers were always one step from beatification. I loved my time selling on eBay until JD started the site on the path to the mess it is now.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Fri Jul 23 13:56:23 2021

@iheartjacksparrow

So you don't like me stating that Ebay has some responsibility??  That is interesting.  So either that means you don't think Ebay has any responsibility or ONLY Ebay has responsibility.  I don't see it that way and it has NOTHING to do with "defending" Ebay.  There is not one single post on this subject where I've defended Ebay.

So we just see things differently, nothing more.  I think Ebay holds some responsibility as well as those that actually perpetrated the acts.  I do not think Ebay is solely responsible.  I think there is plenty of blame to go around and they all need to be brought to justice for this.  There is no excuse for this behavior it is unacceptable and should have never happened.  But it did and IMHO they ALL need to share in the justice!!!!!!  

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This user has validated their user name. by: LasVagueness

Fri Jul 23 14:03:01 2021

This post is about justice and restitution over egregious harm, not a tit for tat and rehash over perceived slights. In the spirit of recompense, I wish Ina and David a speedy and successful resolution to their federal case.  

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by: I Must be Crazy This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 14:35:51 2021

This whole situation angers me. It also makes me sad for David and Ina. To you both, I hope this will eventually lead to some sense of justice and that your lives can eventually resume some sense of peace.

As for eBay, they are the despicable organization that many of us have harped on for years. I hope the bad press from this hits their bottom line hard. Not just in the form of court awarded damages or settlement. But in the actions of buyers and sellers who will move away from the site. After reading the entire 93 page complaint, I felt like this is a company that deserves to go straight down the tubes. If eBay was a person, it would be sentenced to serve decades in prison. It lacks a culture of ethics and has no moral compass. And that comes straight from the top. We now have confirmation.

Why Devin Wenig and Steve Wymer are not in jail is beyond me. But I do hope they are found civilly liable and that their reputations are forever damaged.

This site can never be shut down as part of any settlement. That would be a violation of the First Amendment. But, if the Steiners receive a significant award, I wouldn't blame them one bit for retiring and enjoying life. I wish them both lots of strength and all the best.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Fri Jul 23 15:37:56 2021

@Marie - Your reading comprehension can't possibly be as bad as you state in your most recent post. But I'll attempt to make myself more clear. eBay doesn't have some responsibility, it has ALL the responsibility. If you don't think eBay is solely responsibility, then please enlighten us by naming those parties who share the guilt.

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This user has validated their user name. by: QueenMab

Fri Jul 23 15:47:02 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU! I hope you get megabucks from this lawsuit and ebay is shut down permanently!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Fri Jul 23 15:48:25 2021

A few reasons why an eBay settlement offer would never include a clause to shut down the site....

1) Such a clause would amount to exactly what eBay's plethora of bad actors attempted that brought this suit down on their heads. Even the greenest attorney would refuse to even bring a settlement offer like that to a client.

2) The United States Constitution guarantees the right to free speech and freedom of the press.

3) In all the years I have been following Ina and David's work, I have never seen an article they posted that was not factual as well as a frank and honest assessment of eBay's latest news or issues.  Ina and David regularly shed light on the all too frequent site issues that interfere with successful buying and selling. When eBay systems crash, eBay is loathe to admit it as evidenced by the system outage board that generally goes unused even during extreme site wide outages. Making that information widely available as Ina and David have always done is a right they can not be forced to relinquish as part of any settlement.

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by: RL15 This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 16:12:02 2021

Ina and David, you 2 went through hell. Hopefully the lawsuit will get you 2 all you deserve and more.

If there is no settlement prior to court, I may take a vacation to go watch fleecebay squirm when their slimy ways become very public.

Hard to believe the cheerleaders are still cheering.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Fri Jul 23 16:18:19 2021

@iheartjacksparrow

Your concern over my reading comprehension is simply unnecessary and judging from your latest post, my post was on target.  I explained that it is clear you and I don't agree.  That is really OK, I don't mind at all.  You see this as all Ebay's fault, that is fine.  I do not.

It is my opinion that ALL involved should be appropriately punished.  I don't selectively thing that Ebay should be the only one.  I think they all need to share in the actions they took and be appropriately accountable for it, serve prison time and be monetarily held responsible to the Steiners.

And it is my hope that the lawsuit gets the Steiners whatever they need in a effort to put this horrible chapter in their lives behind them, if they can of course.  This should be ALL about the Steiners now.

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by: airbrake This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 17:40:55 2021

Well I guess this settles the argument once and for that Ebay is not just a venue.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Fri Jul 23 20:05:41 2021

eBay has plenty of money!

The stock hit an all time high today.

The company has a market cap of $50.1 Billion

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