eBay Has to Pay in Fake Goods Case

PARIS — A court in France ordered eBay Inc to pay 38.6 million euros (US $61 million) to luxury goods group LVMH for allowing the sale of counterfeit goods on its online auction site.

Monday’s decision, a month after eBay was ordered by another French court to pay handbag maker Hermes 20,000 euros for allowing the sale of fakes, is the latest episode in a long fight between luxury goods makers and the online auctioneer.

LVMH had claimed damages of about 50 million euros because it said eBay’s French arm had not done enough to prevent sales of counterfeit items.

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