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John & Cheryl, you're welcome; I'm glad you found the information interesting.

Cheryl I have a partial answer to your question.

I'm not an expert in anything, but I'm certainly out of my circle when talking about legal matters. I don't think legal concerns are the primary risk factors here; however, I a quick look into the eBay issue for you.

My research was cursory. I pulled up the most recent 10K and searched for the work "lawsuit." Please have a look yourself:

The principle litigation at this stage (eBay) is related to selling illegal or illicit items; patent & trademark infringements; anti-competitive and monopoly like practices. The big issues were related to Louis Vuitton & Christian Dior. These issues are most similar to MELI's Nike issue and not as relevant to portion you quoted.

As it relates to the type of lawsuits you quoted there are a number of suits with that "feel" surrounding the Paypal business. The number of suits aren't listed.

I have no idea how the legal system in the Latin American countries differs from ours. It may or may not be a significant business risk.

What I attempted to demonstrate with the lawsuits is that in Brazil just like in the U.S., fears of fraud will keep online commerce adoption below 100% of potential online users and will slow potential adoption rates. Think of this as support for my "the pie is smaller and slower growing than management would like you to believe" argument.

I hope this helps,
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