CA Lawsuit Against Amazon Could Force Higher Prices

CA AG Rob Bonta announces antitrust suit targeting Amazon

Sep 14, 2022

On Wednesday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a new antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, targeting the company for highlighting merchants who offer their lowest prices on the platform. Specifically AG Bonta’s lawsuit alleges that Amazon’s practice of highlighting low-priced products in a “buy box” is anticompetitive.

“People come to Amazon to save money, but this case would force Amazon to raise prices,” said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “That makes no sense while consumers shop for bargains to counter inflation, and it’s based on a legally unsound theory already rejected by federal courts.”

Last March, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine making similar claims. In its opinion, the Superior Court judge noted that Racine failed to adequately show the anticompetitive effects of Amazon highlighting low prices on its platform.


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