Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against eBay

Michael Malone filed an antitrust class-action lawsuit against eBay this week under the Sherman Act, alleging eBay “utilizes its nationwide monopoly of the on-line auction market to monopolize the available forms of payment that sellers can use on eBay.” eBay controls which payment methods sellers may advertise in their listings, and this year, it eliminated buyer-protection for non-PayPal transactions. eBay owns the PayPal payment service.The lawsuit alleges that “Sellers who would otherwise accept only money transfers must also accept Payment Card transactions.” Some sellers have expressed the desire to use PayPal with the ability to reject PayPal payments funded by credit cards, which they may not do under eBay’s current policy.

Antitrust Lawsuit Filed against eBay over PayPal, Payments Policies

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