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GENTRY v. EBAY, INC., D037661

A claim, that an internet auction website violated California's Autographed Sports Memorabilia statute and unfair competition law, by failing to furnish certificates of authenticity to persons who purchase autographed sports collectibles through its website, is not actionable because the web site did not sell or offer to sell the collectibles at issue, and cannot be liable for misinformation originating with third parties.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/26/2002
  • Published 06/26/2002


  • O'ROURKE, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  •  Krause & Kalfayan, James C. Krause, Patrick N. Keegan, San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Richard M. Frank, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Hershel T. Elkins, Assistant Attorney General, Ronald A. Reiter, Judith A. Fiorentini, Seth E. Mermin, Deputy Attorneys General for the Attorney General of California as Amicus Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Cooley Godward, Michael G. Rhodes, Christopher R.J. Pace, Andrea S. Hoffman, San Diego, for Defendant and Respondent., Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, Patrick J. Carome, Susan P. Crawford, Samir Jain, C.Colin Rushing for America Online, Inc. as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.
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