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EBay accuses Amazon's managers of poaching sellers

EBay Inc. is suing three Amazon.com Inc. managers for alleged illegal poaching of its sellers, The New York Times reported Aug. 1, citing a lawsuit eBay filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

EBay alleged in the lawsuit that the Amazon employees conspired to infiltrate and exploit eBay's internal member email system in a fraudulent manner to lure hundreds of sellers globally. Sonja Boch, Amanda Sullivan Hedger and Ernest Arambula are the three managers named in the lawsuit.

The California-based retailer said the three managers at Amazon trained their representatives to set up and use their eBay accounts.

"EBay was directly injured and suffered damages to its business and property as a result of Defendants' acts of wire fraud including, inter alia, lost revenue from sales and fees it would have realized had Defendants not conducted the affairs of Amazon through a pattern of racketeering activity, as well as costs associated with investigating and rectifying Defendants' conduct," the company said in the lawsuit.

Amazon declined S&P Global Market Intelligence's request for a comment on the lawsuit.

This the second lawsuit against Amazon by eBay over poaching its sellers. Before filing the first lawsuit in October 2018, eBay first sent a cease and desist letter to Amazon, ordering the company to stop poaching sellers using eBay's messaging system. The previous case is now reportedly in arbitration.