EBay Sells Stake Back to Craigslist, Ending Legal Battles

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -

E-commerce company eBay has sold its 28.4 percent stake in Craigslist back to the online classified advertising site, ending years of legal wrangling between the two companies.

The move, announced Friday, comes as eBay prepares to split with its online payments system PayPal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

EBay, which is based in San Jose, Calif., bought a stake in Craigslist in 2004. But the two companies have tussled in the legal arena. Craigslist has long accused eBay of using confidential information to start its own classifieds site in the U.S. in 2007.

In 2010, a judge ruled that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster violated their responsibilities to eBay with changes they implemented that diluted eBay’s share from 28.4 percent to 24.9 percent and made it harder for eBay to sell the stake.

EBay said that with the repurchase, all litigation between eBay and Craigslist will be dismissed. It declined to comment further.

On Friday, eBay shares rose 48 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $61.17.