French auction regulator sues to close down eBay France

The French auction regulatory authority is seeking to close down eBay France for operating an online auction without a permit, it announced Monday.The authority accused eBay of hiding behind the status of broker to avoid giving the required legal guarantees to buyers and sellers, in breach of a July 2000 law that regulates auctioneers online and offline. It has asked the high court in Paris to order eBay to stop auction sales in France until it has the required legal authorization. see:
French auction watchdog issues court challenge to ‘illegal’ eBay
EBay, the American online auction site, is facing an unprecedented lawsuit in France, where a government watchdog wants it to be declared illegal.The move could lead to the arrest of the company’s executives if the claim were to be upheld by the High Court in Paris.The French Council of Sales, which regulates the country’s auction market, filed the case after denouncing eBay for allegedly failing to comply with French consumer protection laws.

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