Reuters reports today that craigslist has filed a countersuit against eBay in California. Like eBay’s suit against craigslist, the countersuit contains a number of accusations of unfair and/or unethical business practices. Reuters explains:
In addition to unfair competition and fraudulent business claims, the countersuit accuses eBay of copyright infringement and using misleading advertising on Google Inc to run ads for its rival Kijiji site that appeared to be Craigslist ads. . . .
And it gets a bit shadier, too. As a minority shareholder, eBay was entitled to have members on craigslist’s board. The countersuit alleges that eBay used these members to try to pressure craigslist into being acquired by eBay and/or to gather competitive information while preparing to launch Kijiji, eBay’s classifieds site/craigslist rival. In fact, the suit “charges eBay code-named this its ‘Craigslist killer’ in internal strategy discussions,” and