DC suit accusing Amazon of controlling prices is thrown out
A court on Friday held what is considered to be the first government lawsuit in the United States to argue that Amazon had broken antitrust laws.
District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lugo approved Amazon’s motion to dismiss the complaint, which was filed last year by district attorney general Carl Racine, according to court records. The reason for the dismissal is not stated on the record.
The lawsuit focused on how Amazon treats merchants who use its website to sell products. According to the lawsuit, Amazon sold them their wares on its site at the lowest price, or at a lower price altogether. This caused traders to raise prices across the board, the suit argued.
A spokesman for Mr Racine’s office said that “the Superior Court did this wrong” and that the office was “considering our legal options.” Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Regulators, lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are trying to rein in the power of the biggest tech companies. The federal government has sued Google for its power in the search industry and accused Facebook of stamping out competition by buying start-ups that could challenge its dominance.
But the tech giant continues to grow. Microsoft said in January that it would buy video game studio Activision Blizzard for about $70 billion. And Amazon said Thursday that it has completed its purchase of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studios — which is part of the James Bond franchise — after European regulators approved the deal.
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