EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 991 - April 07, 2005     0 of 6

eBay Charged with Racketeering in Class Action Lawsuit

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Eleven eBay users filed a class action lawsuit against eBay, PayPal and Essex Technological Group Inc. The lawsuit claims the defendants falsely represented that bank accounts if used through PayPal would provide the same protection as credit cards, and plaintiffs were not allowed to exercise their chargeback rights. The lawsuit also charges that PayPal and eBay's activities violated the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act).

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