eBay Sues Operator of eBaytoo.com
Dec. 19, 2002
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The online auction house eBay has sued a man for allegedly operating a similar business on the Internet.
John Wederman, of Schenectady, who operates http://www.eBaytoo.com, allegedly violated eBay's copyright in an attempt to ``trade on the eBay name and to take advantage of initial consumer unfamiliarity and confusion,'' according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albany.
eBay is seeking unspecified damages and legal fees.
Both sites allow buying and selling of items ranging from clothing and jewelry to furniture and automobiles. The one allegedly run out of Schenectady since October permits sale of Nazi items and Ku Klux Klan items, which Delaware-based eBay does not allow on its site, the suit said.
Wederman registered as an eBay user in April 2000 and made about 20 transactions as both a buyer and seller, but his membership was suspended when he failed to pay the company $132.56 in fees, the lawsuit said.
Wederman could not be reached for comment.