We were pretty skeptical two plus years ago when the details came out
concerning the lawsuit between eBay and Craigslist over Craigslist's decision to exclude an eBay representative from its board to unilaterally diluting eBay and ignoring a proposed new board member, while holding board meetings without him. As we said at the time, it's quite clear why
Craigslist did what it did, but that doesn't make it legal. And, in fact, a judge has now ruled in eBay's favor
, rescinding the poison pill anti-takeover rules that Craigslist's board passed without eBay present. The whole situation really is a bit of a mess, and while I think Craigslist was wrong to take the actions it took here, it does make you wonder if eBay should recognize that having a board member on Craigslist's board is too big a conflict of interest. Updated
: The original coverage of this news was a bit vague, but now the details are coming out, and the report is mixed: the dilution was rolled back, so eBay still owns the larger percentage, but eBay has been kept off Craigslist's board for now...