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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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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Fri Jul 23 23:28:48 2021

Ina & David,

i sincerely hope that this goes in the direction that you hope it will, with as little stress as possible to both of you!  

to the others who have mentioned settlements of "a few million", in my opinion any talk about settlements would have to start with at least as much as Wenig got for "resigning"  anything less would be an insult.

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by: Smallseller This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 24 01:13:03 2021

With regards to a confidential settlement agreement. Wouldn't that be a way of once again trying to silence the Steiners? There are 2 main issues to either be settled or for a judge to decide. Compensation for the pain they suffered throughout this horrendous ordeal and compensation for the fact that ebay was trying to suppress freedom of speech. No matter what we may want, the Steiners, with the support of their lawyer, need to make the best decision for them.  

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

Sat Jul 24 11:12:25 2021

Sue Ebay into BANKRUPTCY ! ! !  

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

Sat Jul 24 11:13:51 2021

Then donate a TON to St. Jude.
Tunnels to Towers....
And some other good ones......

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by: onlinesales This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 24 14:56:05 2021

This is what is nuts, Ebay did this and they should have tried to settle with them, but like most companies unless their is info I am unaware of; just say screw you.

It is why we need laws to hold corporations to a standard. I just recently purchased a K&N filter from K&N.  They sent me the wrong one that I didn't order, no biggie right? They tell me that I have to pay for shipping back. I tell them this is on them I am not paying for shipping back. I ended up disputing it with the credit card company, suddenly K&N sent me a shipping label. This is a million dollar corporation, do the right thing but in my experience companies won't until they have to pay more or go to jail. I am not advocating K&N broke the law but this was my view and this was over a air filter for god sake.

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Sat Jul 24 18:39:19 2021

Good luck on your lawsuit.  Nobody should be put through what Devil Wenig and his minions at eBay put you through.  eBay apologists should have the good sense to keep quiet.

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by: toastedmutt This user has validated their user name.

Sat Jul 24 18:43:47 2021

Ina and David,
Your strength and perseverance has served you well during the reign of terror you endured the past couple of years.  Much more of the saga has been made public through court filings.  The despicable, criminal actions encouraged by the previous eBay CEO and his minions should be made public and hellfire should rain down upon them.  
I applaud your determination to seek justice and sincerely hope you find it.  

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by: Ladygray This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jul 25 02:44:37 2021

Best of luck! How they ever thought they'd get away with this is mind boggling. Very dumb for corporate types and former law enforcement

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by: HappyOne This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jul 25 13:31:29 2021

Thank you Ina and David for all the years of information and, discussions you have provided. I wish both of you much success with this lawsuit. I would not be surprised to find Ebay’s lawyers; upper executives and BOD spending many hour at “Walkers” trying to figure how long case can be delayed by various legal means (East Coast/West Coast Courts and Judges as a start). All while they build their escape plans and golden parachutes. When case finally comes to trial or a settlement (two/three years?) the NEW CEO, New EBay lawyers will present available options to a NEW BOD and possibly a NEW corporate owner. I wonder if current stockholders are fully aware of this lawsuit?  

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Jul 25 13:46:36 2021

@HappyOne

Most stock holders will never know about the lawsuit.

A settlement won't even dent the company!

Let's say the Steiners get $50 million (an excessive amount)

eBay has a market value of $50 billion

$50 million is chump change to eBay!

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Sun Jul 25 14:58:59 2021

Toolguy writes: "Most stock holders will never know about the lawsuit."

I think enough MSM outlets have covered this story that anyone with a modicum of interest in the world of business knows the details. Besides which, if a person holds stock in eBay, it seems reasonable that they are following the latest news about the company.

If eBay is so flush with cash, they should start negotiations at $1B.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Sun Jul 25 15:22:04 2021

@toolguy who said:

1) "Most stock holders will never know about the lawsuit."  
The majority of eBay investors are not individuals but brokerages who purchase shares on behalf of multiple investors as part of portfolios. If my broker failed to be aware of this potentially huge lawsuit, I would move my account elsewhere.

2) "Let's say the Steiners get $50 million (an excessive amount)..."
Given what has been publicly disclosed about what the Steiners endured at the direction of Devin Wenig, and given the fact that Wenig received a payout of well over $50 million to leave the company, that amount might be just the starting point of damages sought.

3) "eBay has a market value of $50 billion...$50 million is chump change to eBay!
$50 million is a lot more than chump change to eBay despite their market cap.  They will have to disclose any settlement amount in their financial reports.  If the settlement offer is insufficient and the case goes to trial, a jury award would be publicly disclosed.  Either way, investors will not be very happy over any payout as they would see the payout as money that could have been distributed to investors.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Jul 25 15:59:55 2021

@Iheartjacksparrow

$1 Billion = ROTFLMAO

To put this in prospective, (2) airlines were sued for 9/11, United and American.

They paid out $7 billion for 3000 deaths!

You expect eBay to pay $1 billion and no one died??????

You can't be serious lol

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Jul 25 16:04:48 2021

@Ric

Why would any brokerage firm move out of eBay?

You do realize they just hit an ALL time high last week and pay a dividend.

Hedggies aren't moving out of eBay because of a small lawsuit.

The Steiners have a slam dunk case that's for sure.

Some people are going to jail others will not.

How much eBay has to pay will be interesting if we ever find out.

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This user has validated their user name. by: toolguy

Sun Jul 25 16:13:26 2021

@Ric

eBay made $3 billion last year or about $3.2 million a day

eBay makes $50 million in 17 days.

So $50 million is nowhere near eBay's end.

PS: $50 million is excessive for this type of lawsuit. No one died or even lost a limb. . . .It's all mental anguish & suffering that eBay will be paying for.

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jul 25 16:23:32 2021

“ Most stock holders will never know about the lawsuit.
A settlement won't even dent the company!..”

This focus is misdirected. Further regurgitation won’t change that.

First, stockholders are certainly media aware, overly so some might argue. Even those who are institutionally portfolioed. It’s whether they care or not that should be considered. And then, what might make them care.

As in most media involved events, the backstory is the real meat. All the flash on the cash is just the ‘sensational’. Focusing on that is stepping over the real ‘worth’ to pick up the shiny dime. And that part can be thus easily excused if privacy is desired, because it’s not the important point. Moreover, that focus only benefits the ‘settler’.

Though it is also true that judgement may require disclosure. Perhaps someone qualified wants to speculate. Meh.

But the backstory. The ‘why’ part of the story. In the case of the defending entity specifically, it’s in a way even bigger than the 1st Ammendment. Because it’s not just the messenger, it’s the message.

Perhaps some insights to be gained into this company’s business ethics and general competence, evidenced by analysis of the actual content of the Freely Published which became the motivation for the unforgivable terror unleashed, might lift some stockholder eyebrows. Except for the similarly ‘ethical’ among them of course.

But it’s almost certain those eyes may squint shut if a focus on what matters is blinded by glints from the gold.

And hasn’t that been the ‘case’ from page one?

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by: mindelec This user has validated their user name.

Sun Jul 25 17:23:17 2021

"Let's say the Steiners get $50 million (an excessive amount)"

the perpetrator, Wenig, was paid that much to just go away by ebay in an attempt to sweep the whole thing under the carpet.  you don't think the victims deserve at least that amount?  if i were a judge i would want to make a point about "fairness" to the company and award them considerably more.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Jul 26 09:05:09 2021

It’s not the 10 or 20 or 50 million they may have to pay out - it’s squarely about what the impact of any settlement will be on ebays stock value - which is the real glue that holds eBay together.

eBay has long ago stopped making money on fvfs, rather it’s become a stock game that they play, where the bod makes good coin when the price goes up.

Making eBay stock $25 and not the inflated $68 would %100 hurt eBay - everyone’s goal!

A large public shaming of eBay would do just that.

“The day the drove old Dixie down!”

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

Mon Jul 26 11:25:39 2021

Ebay MUST be hung out as an example to the rest of the corporate world.
Sue Ebay into Bankruptcy.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: SmartBidder

Mon Jul 26 13:20:59 2021

I read every post of every issue here and have been since this was AuctionBytes, yet I rarely post since I wait a week for all the comments to come in and by then, all have moved on.  However, this topic deserves a belated sign-in and I just want to add to the momentum -> GODSPEED TO YOU BOTH!

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