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eBay Fined for Allowing Fraudulent Sales

BY CSA STAFF

Paris

A French court ruled against eBay on Monday, ordering the online auction site to pay luxury-brands manufacturers more than $63 million for allowing fake and unauthorized merchandise to be sold through its Web site.

Louis Vuitton had brought the suit claiming that eBay had not taken the appropriate steps to ensure merchandise sold through its auctions were legitimate and not counterfeit.

In addition to ruling in favor of the manufacturer on this matter, the judge also sided with the manufacturer relative to the unauthorized sales of luxury-branded perfumes. Although the perfumes sold were authentic, Louis Vuitton limits distribution to its authorized retailers.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the judge also ordered eBay to immediately stop selling the perfumes and to publish the ruling on its Web site in both English and French.

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Survey: Businesses want to go green, but afraid of costs

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. According to a survey of 2,500 business professionals by Office Depot, half of all respondents are interested in making their offices “greener.”

While 50% of those surveyed said they’d like to have a greener office, more than half (55%) said they did not associate going green with saving money.

According to Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot, There is actually a range of cost scenarios that a business could face when deciding to go green, he explained. Some choices, like remanufactured cartridges, cost less; some require an upfront investment but come with long term cost savings, like compact fluorescent lights; some products entail no price difference; and some green ideas do cost more. The trick is to understand the different options and not assume that going green will always result in higher costs.

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Toys ‘R’ Us to be exclusive retailer of ‘Soul Bubbles’ Nintendo DS game

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Toys “R” Us will be the exclusive retailer of Soul Bubbles, a new game for Nintendo DS created by Eidos Interactive.

“Creative and refreshing, Soul Bubbles is a unique game that DS owners won’t want to miss,” said Robert Lindsey, evp of sales and marketing for Eidos Inc. “This is a charming story combined with gameplay that pushes the capabilities of the Nintendo DS is sure to engage all puzzle gaming fans.”

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