LANCASTER – The R. Rex Parris Law Firm has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against eBay, claiming eBay knowingly and deliberately facilitates, proliferates and profits from the ongoing sale of counterfeit and fake products on its website.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court, according to a news release from the law firm. View a copy of the complaint here.
“This landmark RICO lawsuit against eBay identifies ongoing practices by the $18 billion e-commerce giant which are aiding a $1.7 trillion global criminal enterprise with the results threatening the health and safety of American consumers and the U.S. economy and damaging manufacturer’s reputations and brands,” stated lead attorney R. Rex Parris in the news release. Parris is also the mayor of Lancaster.
“A two-year investigation by The Counterfeit Report®, a consumer anti-counterfeiting advocate, provided investigative detail and insight into eBay’s ecosystem to advertise, list, manipulate, sell, finance, ship and encourage the sale [of] counterfeit and fake products. Most importantly, eBay’s response to The Counterfeit Report® investigation confirms that eBay is willfully blind to the rampant trafficking of counterfeit and fake products on ebay.com,” added Parris.
The 106-page lawsuit asserts that because eBay and PayPal cannot continue to enjoy the enormous profits derived from the proliferation of counterfeit and fake products sold on the eBay website if the intentional infringing sellers are excluded, eBay’s policies and practices are designed to, among other things, promote the unlawful activities of its unauthorized sellers by soliciting eBay buyers to purchase fake products knowingly using listings that infringe on registered trademarks; conceal and protect the identity of the sellers who are responsible for intentional trademark infringement on the eBay website; and ignore evidence of the unlawful activities by its unauthorized sellers.
“The fundamental goal of the lawsuit is to bring attention and monetary consequence to eBay to divest itself of any interest or activity, direct or indirect in the distribution of counterfeit or potentially counterfeit products,” added Parris.
[Information via news release from the R. Rex Parris Law Firm.]