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From NYTimes.com: EBay to Pay Damages in Sale of Fakes

A French court on Monday ordered the online auction giant eBay to pay 38.6 million euros, or $61 million, in damages to the French luxury goods company LVMH, in the latest round in a long-running legal battle over the sale of counterfeit goods on the Internet.

LVMH, a maker of high-end leather goods, perfumes and other fashion and luxury products, successfully challenged eBay for a second time in the French court, arguing that 90 percent of the Louis Vuitton bags and Dior perfumes sold on eBay are fakes.

The court ruled that eBay, which earns a commission on the sales, was not doing enough to stamp out counterfeit sales.

How can EBay as a marketplace be responsible for the products that its vendor sell?  It seems like LVMH is trying to take the easy way out and pin the responsibility on eBay when they should be the ones going after the vendors.

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