The Risks Of Online Auctions, Counterfeit Goods


Law360, New York (July 16, 2009) -- The recent string of lawsuits brought by luxury brand manufacturers against eBay have highlighted once again that local laws can affect online business models in unexpected and dramatic ways.

Whereas a common standard can often be discerned from seemingly conflicting court opinions in the United States, the eBay cases outside of the United States appear to simply reflect the different standards by which Internet auction sites will be judged when they are used to auction counterfeit luxury goods.

So far in the United States, courts have largely found in favor of eBay.

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