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EBay still plans Russian expansion

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Jose, Calif. – EBay Inc. is still planning to expand its operations in Russia despite U.S. sanctions against the country’s government. In public comments made in Moscow, EBay VP Wendy Jones said Russia is EBay’s top priority for expansion of its EBay Marketplaces division, and that eBay Marketplaces should go live in Russia in September.

Jones also said EBay doubled its Russian buyer base in 2013 and sold $425 million worth of goods there in 2012. Currently, Russian consumers make 90,000 EBay transactions per day.

As part of expansion efforts in Russia, EBay recently signed an agreement with the state delivery service Russian Post. Other countries EBay where EBay is focusing international expansion efforts include Brazil, China, India and South Africa.

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Arrests made in StubHub fraud case

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – Police arrested six people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded StubHub, the online ticket resale platform operated by Ebay. In ticket value, the money stolen in the scheme was estimated to be at least $ 1.6 million. The charges include money laundering, possession of stolen property and identity theft.

Six men were indicted on Wedesday, Bloomberg reported, including two Americans arrested in New York and New Jersey, a third American who is wanted, two Russians whose whereabouts are unknown and a third Russian awaiting extradition from Spain.

The cyber thieves reportedly obtained user credentials used on other sites and then used them to gain access to StubHub accounts and make fraudulent purchases. One thousand user accounts were accessed by fraudsters.

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Workers at Macy’s store in Massachusetts can unionize

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – The National Labor Relations Board has issued a ruling that workers in the cosmetics and fragrances department in a Macy’s store located in Saugus, Massachusetts, have the right to attempt to unionize. The 3-1 ruling sided with the United Food and Commercial Workers union and said the 41 Macy’s employees form a community of interest.

The Retail Litigation Center (RLC) issued the following statement in response to the decision.

“The decision from the NLRB abandons longstanding legal precedent for retail store bargaining unit determinations in favor of an illogical and circular analysis intended to tilt the balance at the expense of the overall harmony and unity of a retail store’s full employee complement,” said RLC president Deborah White. “Nothing in this case justified a departure from a half-century’s worth of precedent that consistently recognized a presumption in the retail context in favor of the whole-store unit. These labor practices are fundamentally at odds with the needs of the retail industry and the expectations of American consumers.”

The National Retail Federation, which filed an amicus brief in the Macy’s case, said the ruling was improper and accused the board of overstepping its bounds to advocate for unions.

"Recognizing individual groups of employees that work in the same store as unique bargaining units is nonsensical and impractical," said David French, senior VP of government relations, NRF, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

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