BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts couple subjected to threats and different weird harassment from former eBay Inc. staff filed a civil lawsuit in opposition to the Silicon Valley large on Wednesday.
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 e-newsletter centered on the e-commerce trade, say they had been subjected to cyberstalking, demise threats, weird deliveries, and in-person surveillance from firm staff. They’re looking for damages to be awarded by a jury.
“This has been an unbelievably troublesome ordeal for my spouse and I,” David Steiner stated in an announcement Wednesday. “By no means did we think about doing our jobs as journalists would result in this. We wish to defend the rights of reporters and their freedom of the press. We now have endured monumental cruelty and abuse and feared for our lives. If this conduct can occur to us, it could possibly occur to anybody.”
Spokespersons for eBay didn’t reply to an e-mail looking for remark.
A number of former eBay staff had been charged final June for his or her roles within the harassment marketing campaign. Not less than 5 have already pleaded responsible.
Federal prosecutors have stated the harassment included nameless deliveries of things like reside bugs, a funeral wreath, and a bloody pig face Halloween masks to the couple’s house. The staff additionally despatched pornographic magazines with the husband’s identify on it to their neighbor’s home and deliberate to interrupt into the couple’s storage to put in a GPS system on their automobile.
“This was a decided, systematic effort by senior staff of a serious firm to destroy the lives of a pair in Natick all as a result of they printed content material that firm executives didn’t like,” then-U.S. Lawyer for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling stated on the time.