Amazon wins antitrust lawsuit against District of Columbia

Hiram Puig-Lugo, the D.C Superior Court Judge, tossed out the lawsuit by docket entry on the basis of Amazon’s motion. D.C Attorney General Karl Racine’s office stated that they were considering an appeal and opposed the motion.

D.C Attorney General’s office stated that they believed that the apex court got it wrong and overlooked the complaint’s details and allegations. They also thought that the Supreme Court overlooked the anticompetitive agreements and the recent federal court decision, which allowed an identical suit to go ahead.

They are considering their legal options and will continue their fight against Amazon. They believe that Amazon is doing wrong by using its powers and is tilting the field in its favor.

On the other hand, Amazon’s motion stated that it is common in the retail space to put pricing restrictions on sellers and is totally legal. Amazon also argues that if the lawsuit succeeded, it would hurt the customers.

Amazon’s core value lies in selling products at competitive prices and wants to maintain that reputation. It is the company’s core objective to have low prices. If the lawsuit succeeded, then it would not be in favor of its customers and hence Amazon.

D.C Attorney General’s office stated that Amazon was driving the prices up and not vice versa. The case wasn’t brought up under federal law and was brought under the District of Columbia; otherwise, the effect would have been widespread and not state specific.

The lawsuit has left a dent on Amazon at a time when state and federal authorities have sued other tech companies like Facebook and Google. Amazon is being seen as anticompetitive. Both Facebook and Google have denied similar allegations of being anticompetitive.

The District stated that Amazon has made online shopping more expensive rather than cheaper for consumers. Its policies do not let its sellers sell at lower prices elsewhere. This leads to lesser competition, higher selling prices, and fewer consumers choices.

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