eBay Wins Tiffany Case (Again)

Court of Appeals rules in auction site's favor

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We’re not taking sides here, but April Fools’ Day seems like an appropriate time for some lawyers representing Tiffany to find out that they’ve wasted over a year and a half of their professional lives.  This afternoon, a court affirmed a previous ruling that favored eBay in a trademark infringement lawsuit.


The eBay-Tiffany dispute started way back in 2004, when Tiffany sued eBay on the grounds that it didn’t do enough to keep counterfeit merchandise off its site.  Tiffany lost that case in July of 2008, only to appeal in August of the same year.

Now, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with eBay, and Michael R. Jacobson, eBay’s general counsel, stated in response, "The decision is a critically important victory for online consumers who want the best prices for genuine products and underscores eBay’s commitment to connecting buyers and sellers under the pillars of trust, value, and selection."

Jacobson then continued, "The ruling validates eBay’s leading efforts to fight counterfeiting and its commitment to providing consumers with choice and value in a safe and trusted marketplace.  We continue to support cooperation, rather than litigation, as the best way to address these issues in everyone’s best interests . . ."

Only Tiffany may still appeal again in an attempt to take the case to the Supreme Court, meaning this isn’t necessarily the end of the lawsuit and all its lawyers’ work.

eBay Wins Tiffany Case (Again)
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  • Guest

    Everyone should stop shopping at Tiffanys just because they are so f#$%ing retarded

  • Rob Stokes

    By Guest (WPN reader) – Sun, 04/04/2010 – 18:31
    Everyone should stop
    Everyone should stop shopping at Tiffanys just because they are so f#$%ing retarded

    YEAH … right on mate, god knows Ive got enough jewels and tiaras already so I dont need to go there any more personally

  • Jasee

    What a stupid f’in comment “guest”. I deal with our manufacturing company’s IP issues on the web and we deal with TONS of counterfeit productions of our products out of China being sold on eBay. Although eBay does really well with letting us report them and they remove them from their sites, I still think eBay needs to figure out a way to take more responsibility in fighting this. You wouldn’t understand unless you had someone making money off of you by placing your logo on a product they tried to copy.

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