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Say What You May On eBay?

When you buy something through eBay, you have the opportunity to rate the seller.

Occasionally, the buyer is not happy with the sale. Roger Grace was one of those buyers.

He posted a comment about his purchase of some vintage magazines, complaining about the condition they arrived in.

The seller was not pleased with the comments, and posted statements accusing Grace of "being dishonest all the way".

Perhaps not surprisingly, Grace was not happy with those comments.

Grace sued eBay (not the seller), and lost. He got tossed out of court before he even got started with the lawsuit.

He appealed, and lost again. But in doing so, the Appellate Court threw Grace a bone, and said that perhaps eBay is not immune from republishing defamatory statements. Unfortunately, Grace hadn't asked for that kind of relief, so it was too late to solve that problem on appeal.

Now, the Supremes have agreed to hear the case. The question there is once again whether eBay can be held liable for allowing defamatory web postings.

We're all watching and anxiously awaiting the outcome.

In the meantime, you can rate this seller. Just use the comment section below.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, October 15, 2004

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