An antitrust lawsuit filed against Amazon by District Attorney General Karl Racine was dismissed in court, according to a report Friday The New York Times.
DC Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo allowed Amazon’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit alleging that the e-commerce giant engaged in anticompetitive behavior by preventing third-party sellers from charging lower prices for their products on other platforms, including theirs own websites. Court records viewed by the NYT did not specify why Judge Puig-Lugo decided to dismiss the lawsuit.
“We believe the Supreme Court misunderstood this, and its oral decision appeared to require the detailed allegations in the complaint, the full scope of the anti-competitive agreements, the detailed briefing, and a recent decision by a federal court to move forward with a nearly identical lawsuit.” , said Melissa Geller, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, in a statement The edge.
The “nearly identical” lawsuit Geller points to is a class action lawsuit against Amazon on similar grounds, alleging that the company is pressuring sellers to sell products at a price equal to or below what they’re offering elsewhere. Earlier this week, Seattle District Judge Richard A. Jones denied a portion of Amazon’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
Racine’s lawsuit, first filed in May 2021, cruxes on the same argument; It is claimed that Amazon’s restrictive policies are hurting consumers by forcing sellers to increase their prices on Amazon and other online platforms, as sellers must take Amazon’s fees into account when pricing their products. 2019, Amazon has quietly withdrawn a clause that requires sellers to offer products at the lowest prices on their marketplace, but both lawsuits claim that the same restrictions now apply to sellers Amazon’s fair pricing policy.
“We are considering our legal options and will continue to fight to develop sound antitrust jurisprudence in our local courts and hold Amazon accountable for using its concentrated power to unfairly tilt the playing field in its favor.” , Geller says.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/19/22986307/dc-attorney-general-antitrust-lawsuit-amazon-tossed-out-court DC’s Attorney General’s antitrust lawsuit against Amazon was dismissed in court