Amazon accuses FTC of harassing co-founder Jeff Bezos
Amazon has filed a legal filing accusing the FTC of harassing current and former employees, including founder Jeff Bezos, in an effort to “disrupt business operations.”
The FTC is currently investigating the Amazon Prime membership program to determine whether Amazon is using a range of deceptive tactics as part of its registration and cancellation processes.
As Business Insider reports(Opens in a new window)49 pages legal deposit(Opens in a new window) In response to this investigation, which has been ongoing since March 2021. It focuses in particular on subpoenas issued to individuals including founder Jeff Bezos, CEO Andy Gacy, former retail chief Dave Clark, his successor Doug Herrington, and former Deputy Prime Minister Greg Greeley. among others.
In all cases, Amazon believes the subpoenas are “unnecessarily onerous, serving no other purpose than to harass Amazon’s top executives and disrupt its business operations” and requests that they be rescinded. The registration also raises questions about why the investigation is expanding to non-Prime subscription services like Audible, Amazon Music, Kindle Unlimited, and Subscribe & Save.
Other questions raised in the filing indicate that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is denying Amazon employees access to legal representation by Covington & Burling, claiming that it is “inappropriate” for them to use the same law firm as Amazon. The FTC has also been accused of deliberately delaying the process while simultaneously telling Amazon that there is “tremendous pressure” to finish the case by this fall.
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The filing was filed on August 5 and published by the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. It would certainly do nothing to improve the relationship between Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission, but according to financial times(Opens in a new window)That, at the very least, will result in Amazon orders being put to a vote by FTC commissioners.
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