Online auction giant eBay Inc. was hit with a $3.8 billion patent infringement lawsuit on Tuesday.

XPRT Ventures LLC, which holds patents covering e-commerce payments and methods, filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against eBay and several subsidiaries including PayPal Inc. and StubHub Inc. The suit alleges infringement of six XPRT patents covering e-commerce payment systems and that eBay misappropriated information provided in confidence.

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