Icahn, who owns 2 percent of eBay, has been pushing the company to spin off its financial transaction business PayPal, the
Recently, he accused two company directors of operating despite conflicts of interest and the chief executive officer of turning a blind eye to the problem.
"In any sane business environment these directors would simply resign immediately from the eBay board, either out of pure decency or sheer embarrassment at the public exposure of the extent of their self-serving activities," Icahn said.
The company retorted with a statement.
"As we are sure our other shareholders would agree, we prefer to engage in more constructive and substantive discussions of why, in our view, PayPal and eBay are better together. Instead,
Icahn "cherry-picked old news clips and anecdotes out of context to attack the integrity" of the company's directors, eBay said.
Icahn said one director,
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