Investigators in California and Washington state are investigating Amazon’s business practices, at least in part on how it treats its online sellers,media sources said. The California government is reviewing Amazon’s practice of selling its own products to compete with third-party suppliers. Amazon says its in-house products account for only about 1 per cent of its annual retail sales.
Washington state is also investigating whether Amazon has made it harder for sellers to post items on other websites, the New York Times reported. The New York Times, citing sources, said the investigation did not appear to be at an advanced stage.
A spokesman for Washington’s attorney general told the New York Times that the attorney general’s office did not confirm or deny the investigation. The California attorney general’s office told the New York Times that it would not comment on any ongoing or possible investigations.
Attorneys general in California and Washington could not immediately be reached for comment.
The House Judiciary Committee last month asked Amazon CEO Bezos to testify on allegations that Amazon used third-party seller data to produce competing products.
Amazon has come under investigation by the European Commission for its dual roles as a market and competitor after receiving complaints from traders.
Google could also face EU antitrust charges in the coming weeks over its use of data from competing merchants on its platform, Reuters said on Thursday, citing sources.