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Defendant du Jour

The recently concluded Paris Fashion Week, following on the heels of New York, London, and Milan, is the lens through which next season's trends are refracted.  So, what will it be for Spring 2008?  Floral prints, transparency, fluid shapes -- and lawsuits against eBay.

Reuters reports that Hermes has now followed Dior, LVMH, and L'Oreal in taking action against the online auction giant, which serves as a sales platform for both legitimate goods and counterfeits.  Many, many, many counterfeits, if the plaintiffs' claims are accurate.  French luxury conglomerate PPR, which owns the Gucci Group, may be next in line to file suit. 

Seasonal weather predictions are for increasing storms in San Jose -- and across the eBay empire.