I suppose it was inevitable. In an increasingly litigious society where someone feels aggrieved over what is quite obviously a trivial matter, it is allowed to be blown out of all proportion.
The primary beneficiaries will not be the complainant or defendent, nor will the process of 'law' or 'justice' be served here, only the solicitors will benefit.
Only in America! They sue each other over the most trivial of things. Step backwards in a queue onto someone's toe in LA and you will find you are being sued I'm sure. American's need to grow up. It's like a school playground, crying at every little thing. Learn from the British stiff upper lip!
I don't want to sound like an ebay advocate, (I don't appreciate their business practises, hence why I try to avoid using them whenever possible) but in this particular case it sounds more a problem of the userbase than the ebay system. The problem is there are nutcases all around the world, and once your userbase reaches a size like ebay's, you can't really avoid keeping these people from the system. In this particular case, I'm not sure if there's anything ebay can do, it can't step in in the favor of any party. The same could happen at amibay too, what could amibay do if two users decide to sue eachother over a problematic transaction ?
The exact partiuclars of this case have not been shared, as such its very difficult to establish a legal basis.
However if one indulges in a little supposition -
From what I can gather, the purchaser left negative feed back, however instead of just reflecting the transaction in the comments, he (the purchaser) stated a reply likening the seller to "a used car sales man"
however theres no information on if this has gone to the next stage of court, its likely if the persuer cannot prove a loss to his business this will be laughed out the court and he (the persuer) will lose a small sum of cash in costs.
Its interesting that the persuer went after the buyer as opposed to eBay, infact if he has not sent a "take it down letter" this case will be laughed out of the courts on that ground alone.
Arguably this incidient has no bearing on AmiBay, although we are here to trade, we are forum based as such libelous cases are delt with differnetly in the US and the UK due to our inherent transient nature. (unlike a billboard thats static)
I have to admit, I truly detest law, its the only subject that I study that unsettles my stomach to the point of wanting to barf.
whos idea was it to let lawyers MAKE law? - Its like handing guns and crystal meth to primary school kids