Amazon scored a major victory over eBay in a lawsuit that accused Amazon of seller poaching. In 2018 and 2019, eBay filed two separate lawsuits against Amazon over an alleged “scheme” to secretly steal its biggest sellers.
- Both lawsuits accused Amazon sales reps of signing up for eBay accounts under false pretenses and then using the internal messaging system to lure eBay merchants to Amazon's platform.
- Now, newly released court documents show eBay was unsuccessful in convincing an arbitration panel that Amazon poached its employees.
- In both lawsuits, the panel agreed that a breach of eBay's user contract did occur. But it didn't agree that eBay had experienced harm or “irreparable injury” as a result.
- The panel ruling still requires confirmation by the courts.