Skype circus: Founders sue again as Joost feud erupts



was ugly. This is downright nasty. And now it's a $2 billion mess.

The founders of Skype, the Web communications company currently at the center of a contentious $2 billion tug of war, have filed another suit in their effort to throw a wrench in the works of eBay's (EBAY) attempt to sell the company to a consortium of prominent investors.

Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis filed the suit Friday through two companies they control, Joltid Ltd. and Joost N.V., in a Delaware court. The suit charges Mike Volpi, the former chief executive officer of Joost -- which Zennstrom and Friis also founded -- with breaching his fiduciary duty by stealing confidential information in an effort to seal the eBay deal for the consortium.