Antitrust

05/25/2021

NetChoice Rejects The Argument in District of Columbia’s Complaint Against Amazon 

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

Today, NetChoice rejected the argument in the District of Columbia’s complaint against Amazon. The District of Columbia’s Attorney General’s lawsuit against Amazon argues Amazon has an artificial price floor that raises the price against consumers.

“This is yet another instance of distant bureaucrats, this time in DC, ignoring the law and the way consumers shop to punish a globally leading American business like Amazon,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel at NetChoice. “The DC Attorney General’s Office defines the relevant market for retail too narrowly and ignores how retail has become an all-of-the-above experience where Shopify, Amazon, Walmart, Macy’s, and Costco all compete off- and on- line for retail dollars.”

“Consumers price-shop their retail experiences the same way sellers can offer lower prices off Amazon and on other websites and in stores,” continued Szabo. “This complaint fails to differentiate between Amazon’s buy box and seller’s actual options on and off Amazon’s third party marketplace in a thinly veiled attempt to disadvantage Amazon competitively.”

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