eBay High Court decision on trade marks

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The person who steals your name could be pursued for 'passing off' your name but eBay themselves would not be liable.

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Many dealers now use eBay to sell vehicles.  In a recent case taken by the cosmetics company L’Oreal it was held that eBay had no legal duty to protect trade mark holders from unscrupulous people selling fake goods using famous trade marks. 

Although this particular circumstance will generally not apply to used vehicles there could be a situation where someone tries to use your trading name to make a quick buck selling cars down the road!  The person who steals your name could be pursued for ‘passing off’ your name but eBay themselves would not be liable

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