Amazon Accuses FTC of Harassing Bezos in ‘Burdensome’ Probe

Amazon.com accused the US Federal Trade Commission of harassing its founder Jeff Bezos and the company’s Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy as it probes the e-commerce giant’s business practices. From a report: In a filing made public on Monday, Amazon claimed that FTC staff have made “unduly burdensome” demands as the agency investigates whether the company’s subscription services, including Amazon Prime, violate consumer protection laws. The online retailer is seeking to quash or limit the FTC’s most recent civil investigative demands, which are similar to subpoenas. Amazon said the FTC’s requests are “unworkable for Amazon to discern the information staff demands and to respond in the timeframe allowed.”

The FTC, which has both antitrust and consumer protection mandates, has been investigating Amazon for potential anticompetitive conduct for several years. The filing offers an unusually public glimpse into the ongoing struggle between one of the world’s biggest companies and one of its regulators. FTC Chair Lina Khan, who took over the position in June 2021, has escalated the investigation, shaking up the team, re-interviewing potential witnesses and asking questions about the company’s recent acquisition of MGM Studios, Bloomberg reported in May

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