The boss was issued a civil ticket, Amazon couldn't sit still, and submitted the document to accuse the US Federal Trade Commission.
On August 16th local time, the Wall Street Journal reported that the e -commerce giant Amazon accused the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) during the investigation, harassing the founder Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos), and the current CEO Andy & middot; Andy Jassy and other senior management, interfere with the company's business operations.
Amazon submitted a petition document to the FTC on August 5, accusing FTC withdrawing from the company's legal adviser, and issuing a Civil Investigative Demand to about 20 executives. Withdrawing the subpoena.
Amazon petition file source: FTC official website
FTC accuses Amazon induced users to register
The petition documents show that since March 2021, FTC has been investigating Amazon Prime. The document states that FTC believes that there is a problem with the registration and cancellation mechanism of Prime. It is suspected that Amazon uses the interface design to guide and manipulates the user registration of Prime. It deliberately cancels the cumbersome process of subscription to retain users.
According to the US media Insider in March, the Amazon spokesman denied the above question and said that the registration and cancellation of the subscription interface of Prime "simply show the meaning of each option to users."
Amazon said that the company has always cooperated with the FTC survey to produce and submit about 37,000 pages of file materials. However, the survey has been inexplicably stagnant for 6 months. Until April this year, FTC suddenly announced that the new lawyer would take over the case and began to "crazy pressure" and asked for an investigation before this fall.
Amazon said that after the investigation was restarted, FTC not only asked the company to provide more documents and evidence, but also expanded the scope of the investigation. In addition to Amazon Prime, five subscription services such as Audible, Amazon Music, Kindle Unlimited, Subscribe & AMP; SAVE have also been included in the investigation list by FTC.
In addition, in June of this year, FTC also sent about 20 civil investigations similar to the votes to the executives of about 20 or resigns. The founder of the company, Boss, the current CEO Andy & Middot; Jiaxi and the former consumer director Diff & Middot; Dave Clark were all involved.
Amazon accused the FTC bypassed the company's legal adviser, sent the voucher directly to the relevant personnel's homes, and prohibited the above -mentioned personnel from contacting the lawyer. "This kind of behavior is not feasible and unfair. The company has always cooperated with the investigation and provided sufficient evidence and materials. There is no reason to conduct investigations to the high -level investigation and ask them to provide information."
Amazon emphasized that FTC's behavior harassed the company's highest -level executives and disturbed business operations. It said in a petition that he hoped that FTC would withdraw these subpoena.
According to the FTC regulations, the company can raise objections to the investigation, and the FTC will respond within 40 days. Amazon hopes that FTC can extend the response time to September 15.
33 -year -old FTC head
It is worth noting that during the investigation of this case, the FTC's leadership changed. In June 2021, the youngest chairman in history, 32 -year -old Lina & Middot; Linakhan.
Lina & Middot; Khan has repeatedly criticized the science and technology giants many times. In 2017, he published an article "Yale Law Journal" "Amazon 'S Antitrust Paradox" and advocated rethinking the antitrust law enforcement of the digital market. The article caused a huge response, Lina & Middot; Khan also made a standpoint and became one of the leaders of the antitrust movement.
Lina Khan. People's Visual Information Map
Lina Khan, an anti -monopoly expert and associate professor at the University of Columbia University Law School, focuses on the antitrust field, and has become more aggressive under its leadership in its leadership. American consumer news and business channel CNBC said Lina & Middot; FTC under the leadership of Khan is very "tricky" for Amazon.
Earlier, Amazon asked Lina & Middot; Khan avoided the company's investigation, saying that Lina & Middot; Khan previously proved that he could not make a fair judgment on Amazon, but his petition did not succeed.
On August 16, the US stock closed, Amazon rose 1.12%to $ 144.78/share, which has fallen by more than 15%since this year.