EBay Escapes Suit Over Automatic Bidding Service

Law360, New York (May 7, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday dismissed a proposed class action alleging eBay Inc.’s automatic bidding service unfairly limits sellers’ earning potential when they sell items on the website, saying the plaintiff misinterpreted eBay’s user agreement.

Marshall Block alleged in his December complaint that eBay intentionally interferes with sellers’ prospective economic advantage, breaches contract with users and violates California’s Unfair Competition Law through its automatic bidding service.

EBay hosts online auctions that allow buyers to bid either by personally monitoring the auction or using eBay’s automatic...
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