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eBay sues Amazon alleging it illegally poached sellers

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eBay headquarters in San José, Calif. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images.

eBay sued Amazon in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California, Wednesday, alleging the e-commerce giant illegally lured sellers away from its site.

The details: The filing comes weeks after eBay sent Amazon a cease-and-desist letter. eBay claims “dozens” of Amazon sales reps throughout the world set up eBay accounts specifically to contact and recruit “high-value” eBay sellers to Amazon. The suit alleges these practices violated a California computer crime law and its own user agreement, per The Wall Street Journal. In an onstage interview at the GeekWire Summit, CEO Devin Wenig commented on Amazon's unfair trade practices to Axios' Ina Fried saying, "That's not the way we compete."

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