A Massachusetts couple subjected to threats and different weird harassment from former eBay Inc. staff have filed a civil lawsuit towards the Silicon Valley large
David and Ina Steiner say of their lawsuit filed in Boston federal court docket that the corporate engaged in a conspiracy to “intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence them” with the intention to “stifle their reporting on eBay.”
The Natick residents, who run EcommerceBytes, a web based publication centered on the e-commerce trade, say they have been subjected to cyberstalking, dying threats, weird deliveries, and in-person surveillance from firm employees. They’re searching for damages to be awarded by a jury.
“This has been an unbelievably troublesome ordeal for my spouse and I,” David Steiner stated in a press release Wednesday. “By no means did we think about doing our jobs as journalists would result in this. We need to shield the rights of reporters and their freedom of the press. We’ve got endured huge cruelty and abuse and feared for our lives. If this conduct can occur to us, it might occur to anybody.”
Spokespersons for eBay didn’t reply to an e-mail searching for remark.
A number of former eBay staff have been charged final June for his or her roles within the harassment marketing campaign. Not less than 5 have already pleaded responsible.
“This was a decided, systematic effort by senior staff of a significant firm to destroy the lives of a pair in Natick all as a result of they revealed content material that firm executives didn’t like,” then-U.S. Lawyer for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling stated on the time.