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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: The End

Wed Jul 21 10:09:58 2021

Sue Ebay execs for $94 Billion so they never forget.
Buy an island and live happily ever after  :o)

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by: Snapped This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 10:14:57 2021

May you both be granted a swift and appropriately punishing resolution to this heinous nightmare.

Beyond the criminal attempt to stifle a founding tenant of our Constitution, it seems important to note there was also criminal attempt to stifle truth. That’s what motivated these acts; they had no better answers, libel didn’t apply. Those truth’s were freed and focused here, debated to be sure, but too often their ugliness was upheld by the unarguable reality of evidence.

eBay from it’s too often still mistaken perception since inception, has evolved into a facade of innovative benevolence cloaking self-serving exploitation. There is clear evidence it is not a trusted business partner, and at minimum, inept and hypocritical. And there was evidence that this ‘venue’ that would embolden such terrifying subterfuge was endemically flawed to it’s business core in the same ways and means.

May the justice to come help spotlight those too.

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

Wed Jul 21 10:23:09 2021

Tell us when it goes to trial so we an all pray for a Glorious outcome for you.

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

Wed Jul 21 10:24:36 2021

Put Ebay OUT of business.

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by: Jrskills This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 10:56:43 2021

Ina, Good for you!  They need to pay for what they did to you and David.  I hope the attorneys are super tough and eat nails for breakfast!

I'm also glad Wenig is in this lawsuit!  He should be sued not only for his despicable actions, but for also literally destroying eBay!!

Keep us updated!

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

Wed Jul 21 12:42:41 2021

I am glad that it has finally progressed to the point where you were able to file this lawsuit against all that were involved, especially  Devin Wenig who we all know was the reason all of this happened.  I hope that you clean their clocks and especially would love to see Wenig lose every penny of that golden parachute that he was never rightfully entitled to as the company did nothing but flounder under his command.

I am sure that Ebay will never let this go to trial as they do not want to have to deal with it again and have all of their executives as well as former Board of Directors members deposed.  I hope that you are able to get so much money out of them that the two of you can retire to a private island if that is what you wish to do, although I will admit I hope you stick around as this site continues to show both Buyers and Sellers just what each platform thinks of their buyers and sellers, especially Ebay which is why Wenig needed you guys to be gone.  Best of luck taking them all to the cleaners as you both deserve it.

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by: Frank Abagnale This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 13:56:55 2021

Ebay was suppose to release their Q2 results on July 28 but now they pushed it to Aug 11. I guess they didn't want these two stories too close together.  

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by: TomH This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 14:07:05 2021

Good. Burn their asses as hard as you can.  Going on to trial would be a great reveal for all; but if significant (amounts that would really hurt ebay) are offered -- well that would be your decision.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed Jul 21 15:09:41 2021

I agree with Silver Ice King, this will never go to trial. eBay certainly doesn't want more details coming to light about the despicable actions of the Defendants. If it's one thing eBay hates, it's bad publicity. And I'm sure eBay's attorneys have already advised that this case is lost even before it begins. I expect a confidential settlement offer, accompanied by a NDA, to arrive soon.

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by: Smallseller This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 15:36:46 2021

I hope for the best outcome for the Steiners. Money is of course helpful, but I hope that they have peace and the ability to continue informing the ecommerce community without fear of reprisals.

The Steiners can also choose not to accept a settlement agreement if one is offered. If it then goes to trial, it will be up to the judge to award damages based on the submissions of both parties. I cannot see how they could lose. There is so much evidence that I wonder what the defence could possibly be. Other than everyone was just following orders.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Wed Jul 21 15:42:33 2021

The case made the first page of Daily Mail:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9810863/Couple-e
Bay-harassment-case-sues-company-ex-officials.html

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by: COVID-19 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 16:06:38 2021

May the Steiners win big.....and humble eBay in the process. All corporations and arrogant CEOs need to learn that they are NOT above the law.

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by: shut1968 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 17:17:50 2021

Just tell them to hand over control of the company to you.. then maybe it'll get fixed!

I'm sure they left all that out of their TOS

GO Get 'Em Ina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by: WaLK-aWAY This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 19:30:36 2021

I am QUITE sure Ebay thought this would "Blow over". Maybe disappear even
If they were wrestling with funds before this, I am SURE the stockholders are gonna be more than interested in THIS. Guess it's time to raise the FVF to 37% and shipping costs to 20% in order to compensate for this mess.

SOMEONE MAKE SURE THAT TUCKER CARLSON AND FOX NEWS GETS AHOLD OF THIS ARTICLE ON THIS PAGE.

This article aligns EXACTLY with the exposés they are doing right now. It will also help bring this suit the proper exposure it deserves.

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by: Frank Abagnale This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 19:42:59 2021

The press conference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkwQJO97oaM

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by: 1 Angry Artist This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 21:47:25 2021

Congratulations to the Steiners for their courage and perseverance.

I hope that they end up OWNING Ebay.

Best wishes for this lawsuit.  It may take a while but justice will be done.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9810863/Couple-e
Bay-harassment-case-sues-company-ex-officials.html

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Wed Jul 21 23:29:54 2021

I hope the Steiners get every single penny thats due them.

Its so odd that eBay would come after them - but never go after people like me - who accuse them of basically being nothing short of Al Capone - while the Steiners just produced "basically" news articles.

Shows you how low eBay will stoop to try and control - not only people - its sellers via illegal actions - but the message as well.

1) this is a BIG victory for the Steiners - thank you for all you do
2) its a BIG loss for the eBay cheerleaders here - who think that the evil things that eBay does are nothing. eBay went as low as committing real, actual crimes - and to think they wouldnt commit "white color crime" to hurt, abuse, steal from sellers is moronic
3) @ the Steiners - please (after you become REAL eBay millionaires) dont discontinue the site

eBay has always thought they were UNTOUCHABLE - well - the court and the Steiners have now reached out to TOUCH them - eBay deserves everything coming to them!

THIS time - the San Jose Mafia got busted by the cops .... !

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 00:03:21 2021

Win-Win...this would force ebay to raise fees to 20% and hasten the ultimate demise.

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by: bunnypics This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 00:13:21 2021

Congrats, may you own the eBay beast soon.  

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by: smallstuff This user has validated their user name.

Thu Jul 22 01:39:16 2021

I am glad that the Steiners have been able to file this suit and hope it is successful in bringing a degree of accountability to all of the ecommerce platforms.  It is a shame that greedy and arrogant individuals are allowed to lead a major corporation like this.  Best wishes to Ina and David.

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