EBay-Craigslist Fight Is About Kijiji and Control, Complaint Shows

Last week, eBay sued the classified advertising site Craigslist in a Delaware court. The suit received widespread coverage but its causes were opaque, since a copy of the complaint was not made public and the parties were not speaking publicly.Until today. EBay’s complaint against Craigslist, its founder Craig Newmark and its chief executive Jim Buckmaster, has now become public and eBay is making it available online. The document seems to show that the two companies have been engaged in a battle over control triggered by Kijiji, eBay’s rival classified advertising site.
bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/ebay-craigslist-fight-is-about-kijiji-and-control-complaint-showseBay releases complaint against Craigslist
The mystery over what prompted eBay to sue Craigslist last week appears to have been solved. Apparently eBay feels that its ownership stake in Craigslist was unfairly reduced because of eBay’s rival online classifieds service Kijiji, which was launched overseas in 2005 and in the U.S. in 2007, according to the 26-page complaint, which was filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery and made available online by eBay on Wednesday.

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