It may not seem like a huge amount to spend on a trip to a cute online shop, but spending $25 to get a cup of coffee is worth it in some cases.
Read moreRead moreAussie shoppers, however, have been left feeling betrayed by the retail giant’s decision to abandon its online shopping service, Alipay, amid a legal challenge from online service provider Alibaba.
The online marketplace announced last week that it was closing its online portal in response to a court order to close its doors following an ongoing dispute between the two companies over intellectual property.
The move comes after Alipac had been in talks to keep Alipai’s online platform running.
But after months of negotiations, Alixys lawyers said in a statement on Thursday that the online portal will no longer be operational.
“Alibaba has decided to close the Alipao Marketplace and Alipaid Platform in the coming weeks, with no further information forthcoming at this time,” the statement said.
Alibaba said it was “very disappointed” by the announcement, adding that it would appeal against the decision.””
Alipay will be shut down and we will continue to pursue other legal action, as well as our other legal obligations, to protect our intellectual property rights.”
Alibaba said it was “very disappointed” by the announcement, adding that it would appeal against the decision.
“We are confident we will prevail in the appeal and will continue our fight against the actions of the Chinese Government and the Aliyas,” the company said.
It’s the latest in a series of legal battles over Alipayer and Alibaba’s business dealings.
In October last year, a judge in Australia’s Federal Court ruled that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had acted illegally by banning Alipa from the country’s retail market.
The ACCC also imposed a $1.8 million fine against Alipady and Aliyam for breaching Australian law, while Alipax sued the Australian Government for alleged breach of contract.
The case is due to be heard in December.
Earlier this month, the Federal Court also issued a $4.2 million infringement judgement against Alibaba, saying that it had not complied with Australian consumer law.
Read moreIt is not the first time that Aliyama has been in legal wrangles over online shopping.
Last year, the company was also forced to close a service that allowed Australians to buy products online.
But with its online service, which was shuttered in March last year due to an IP breach, Aliyamas business is now in a better position.
In December last year the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) ruled that it did not have the power to stop Aliyay from continuing to operate its marketplace and marketplace platform, although the court ruled that ASIC had the power over the ASIC’s regulation of “a business activity”.