Amazon was hit Tuesday with an antitrust go well with from the US capital metropolis Washington, claiming the tech big abuses its dominant place in on-line retail gross sales, harming customers.
The go well with filed by the workplace of Attorney General Karl Racine alleges that Amazon’s management of 50 to 70 p.c of US e-commerce gross sales leads to larger client costs.
“Amazon’s online retail sales platform benefits from, and is protected by, Amazon’s anticompetitive business practices,” stated the go well with filed in District of Columbia superior courtroom.
“Far from enabling consumers to obtain the best products at the lowest prices, Amazon instead causes prices across the entire online retail sales market to be artificially inflated, both for products sold on Amazon’s online retail sales platform and on its competitors’ online retail sales platforms.”
Amazon, which has lengthy claimed it delivers decrease costs for customers, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The lawsuit comes amid heightened scrutiny of huge tech platforms which have elevated their dominance through the pandemic.
US state and federal antitrust enforcers final yr filed fits focusing on Facebook and Google alleging unlawful dominance of their respective markets.
Racine’s lawsuit seeks to cease Amazon from “anticompetitive” practices and requires damages and different penalties.
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