Ebay has been accused of emotional and psychological “torture” of a couple in order to prevent them reporting on the company.
Ebay is being sued by David and Ina Steiner, who run the online publication Ecommercebytes, for what they described as a conspiracy to “to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence” them.
According to a 93-page complaint files in Boston Federal Court on Wednesday, Ebay employees launched a campaign of abuse against the couple in 2019, sending a series of packages to their home including live spiders, cockroaches, a funeral wreath, a bloody pigs mask, a book on surviving the loss of a spouse and pornography.
The complaint also contained text messages sent between the employees discussing their campaign of abuse and stating they needed to “burn her to the ground”.
It also alleges that these employees travelled to the couple’s hometown in Massachusetts and stalked them in a black van, tried to break into their house and sent them a series of threatening texts and emails.
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While five former Ebay staff were charged and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking last June, the latest case names more than a dozen defendants including Ebay’s former chief executive David Wenig.
Wenig has denied any knowledge or involvement in the case and has not been criminally charged, but the Steiners’ attorney said the campaign was orchestrated by Ebay’s top executives.
The Steiners are seeking unspecified damages from Ebay over the ordeal.
In response to the accusations, and Ebay spokesperson told the Daily Mail: “The misconduct of these former employees was wrong, and we will do what is fair and appropriate to try to address what the Steiners went through.
“The events from 2019 should never have happened, and as Ebay expressed to the Steiners, we are very sorry for what they endured.
“As noted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office when this matter first came to light, eBay cooperated fully with the government’s investigation, noting that ‘Ebay was extremely cooperative with the investigation in helping state and federal authorities figure out what had happened and collect evidence of the crime.’”