Justice Dept. Drops EBay Probe in Auction Aggregating Case

Share this content:
Federal antitrust regulators have shut an inquiry into online auction site eBay Inc.'s attitude toward companies that aggregate auction listings.

The probe was the result of a lawsuit filed by eBay in December 1999 against Bidder's Edge, which allowed customers to simultaneously track a number of auction sites.

Soon after the case was filed, the Department of Justice's antitrust division asked for documents relating to the suit and eBay's licensing deals with other auction aggregators.

"The division has closed its investigation without taking action against us," eBay said in its annual filing March 25 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

eBay last year had 42.4 million registered users and more than 423 million listings. Transactions via the site were valued at $9.3 billion.

In its lawsuit, eBay alleged that tracking software from Bidder's Edge was not only trespassing its site, but also burdening the servers. Bidder's Edge contended that the site was public since it was shaped that way by consumers' auction listings and bids.

A court in May temporarily restrained Bidder's Edge from trawling eBay with its robots. And earlier this month Bidder's Edge settled with eBay for an undisclosed sum.


Next Article in Digital Marketing

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

USAData helps businesses find new customers and grow their current customers through a combination of data and digital marketing services, and easy-to-use SaaS technology products. We enrich customer data so businesses can more effectively target and communicate with customers, and connect them with their best look-alike prospects through digital and traditional channels. We make it easy through simple, self-serve applications and APIs, as well as through full-service programs managed by our Data and Digital experts. 

Find out more here »

Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here

Relive the 2017 Marketing Hall of Femme

Click the image above