Skype founders sue eBay, VCs over company sale and seek $75 million per day in damages

Sam Gustin

Oh no you don't!

The founders of Skype have filed a lawsuit aimed at disrupting eBay's (EBAY) impending $1.9 billion sale of the internet communications company to a consortium of investors including prominent venture capitalists. The lawsuit names eBay, Silver Lake Partners, and Andreessen Horowitz, the investment firm of Marc Andreessen, the billionaire co-founder of Netscape, among other defendants.

Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom -- both billionaires in their own right -- filed the suit Wednesday, through their company, Joltid Ltd., in the U.S. District Court for Northern California. They are seeking an injunction against Skype, which they founded but later sold to eBay, as well as statutory damages they claim are accruing at an eye-popping rate of "more than $75 million daily" -- or nearly $1000 per second.

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