Amazon charged with antitrust violations by European regulators

“We must ensure that dual-role platforms with market power, such as Amazon, do not distort competition,” Margrethe Vestager, the commission’s vice president for digital issues, said in a statement. “Data on the activity of third-party sellers should not be used to the benefit of Amazon when it acts as a competitor to these sellers.”

The case, which had been expected for months, is the latest front in a trans-Atlantic regulatory push against Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google as authorities in the United States and Europe take a more skeptical view of their business practices and dominance of the digital economy. Last month, the Justice Department brought antitrust charges against Google, and Apple and Facebook are also facing investigations in both Washington and Brussels.

Many in Europe will be watching to see how the Amazon announcement is received by the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to pursue

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Amazon Charged With EU Antitrust Violation For Allegedly Using Sellers’ Data To Compete Against Them

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The European Union has charged Amazon with violating antitrust law in the region, accusing the e-commerce giant of using the data it collects from third-party sellers on the platform to compete against them, bringing into focus Amazon’s contentious dual role both as a retailer and as a marketplace for other vendors.

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The charges have been issued by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body which has been looking into Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers since 2018.

The Commission has alleged that Amazon “systematically uses non-public business data” to “avoid the normal risks of competition and leverage dominance for e-commerce in France and Germany,” Amazon’s two biggest European markets the Commission said.

The EU body has also

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Google charged with multiple violations of federal antitrust law

A federal antitrust lawsuit marks the start, not the end, of the government’s gambit against Google. It could take years for a federal court to resolve whether the company violated the country’s competition laws and, if so, what punishments it should may face.

Eleven Republican attorneys general — from states including Louisiana, Florida and Texas — have signed onto the Justice Department’s complaint. Other states may still choose to join the federal case, or they may opt to bring their own against the tech giant, widening the legal ground Google must cover to defend its business from serious, potentially far-reaching changes.

But the filing alone still serves as a stunning turn of events for Google, roughly seven years after the federal government last probed the company for potential antitrust violations — an inquiry that regulators concluded without suing Google or seeking significant penalties, including its breakup. The inaction in Washington

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