A court on Friday launched what is believed to be the first government lawsuit in the United States, arguing that Amazon violated antitrust laws.
According to court filings, Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lugo of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia approved Amazon’s motion to dismiss the complaint, filed last year by Karl Racine, the attorney general. district authority. The dossier does not state the reason for dismissal.
The lawsuit focuses on how Amazon treats sellers who use its site to sell products. According to the lawsuit, Amazon forced it to sell its products on its website for the lowest price it charges elsewhere on the web, or for a lower price altogether. Controversial case.
A spokesman for Mr. Racine’s office said that “the Court of Appeals erred” and that the office was “reviewing our legal options”. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Regulators, lawmakers and law enforcement agencies have been trying to rein in the power of the biggest tech companies. The federal government has sued Google over its power in the search industry and sued Facebook, accusing it of snuffing out competition by buying startups that could challenge its dominance.
But the tech giants continue to grow. In January, Microsoft said it would buy video game studio Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion. And Amazon said on Thursday that it has completed the purchase of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio – which owns part of the James Bond franchise – after European regulators approved the deal.