A Massachusetts couple subjected to threats and different weird harassment from former eBay workers filed a civil lawsuit towards the Silicon Valley large on Wednesday.
David and Ina Steiner say of their lawsuit filed in Boston federal court that the corporate engaged in a conspiracy to “intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence them” in an effort to “stifle their reporting on eBay.”
The Natick residents, who run EcommerceBytes, an internet e-newsletter targeted on the e-commerce trade, say they have been subjected to cyberstalking, death threats, bizarre deliveries, and in-person surveillance from company workers. They’re searching for damages to be awarded by a jury.
“This has been an unbelievably tough ordeal for my spouse and I,” David Steiner mentioned in an announcement 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 now have endured monumental cruelty and abuse and feared for our lives. If this habits can occur to us, it might occur to anybody.”
Spokespersons for eBay didn’t reply to an electronic mail searching for remark.
A number of former eBay workers were charged last June for their roles in the harassment campaign. A minimum of 5 have already pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors have mentioned the harassment included nameless deliveries of things like reside bugs, a funeral wreath, and a bloody pig face Halloween masks to the couple’s dwelling. The workers 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 workers 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-US Lawyer for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling mentioned on the time.