A French court sided today with couturier Louis Vuitton in a suit against eBay, ruling the auctioneer must pay $63.1 million in damages for fake goods sold on its site—a ruling the Wall Street Journal says will force eBay to step up anti-counterfeiting protections. EBay says it will appeal the judgment, its second recent defeat in French courts.
EBay has defended itself by pointing to a program that allows companies to report suspicious items, but the Paris judge was unsatisfied. “It is clear that eBay has become a focal point for certain brand owners' desire to exact ever greater control over e-commerce," the company fired back in a statement. (Read more eBay stories.)