A court on Friday dismissed what is thought to be the first government case in the United States to argue that Amazon violated antitrust laws.
Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lugo of the Supreme Court for the District of Columbia granted Amazon’s motion to dismiss the case. last year’s complaint By district attorney Karl Racine, according to court records. The records did not specify the reason for the dismissal.
The lawsuit focused on how Amazon treated merchants who used its website to sell products. According to the lawsuit, Amazon allowed them to sell their goods on their site, at the lowest price they had requested elsewhere on the web, or at a completely lower price. According to the lawsuit, this caused traders to generally raise prices.
A spokesperson for Mr. Racine’s office said the “Supreme Court got this wrong” and the office was “evaluating our legal options”. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Regulators, lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are trying to harness the power of the biggest tech companies. The federal government has sued Google for its power in the search industry and Facebook over allegations that it has destroyed competition by acquiring new companies that could challenge its dominance.
But the tech giants continued to grow. Microsoft said in January said it will buy video game studio Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion. And Amazon said on Thursday completed the purchase After European editors approved the deal, it’s at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio, which is part of the James Bond franchise.