The Federal Trade Commission and 17 states claim the tech giant abused its power in an effort to stamp out competition. Neil Chilson, a former chief technologist at the FTC, says the commission’s case could be difficult to prove.
They say Amazon uses strategies that prevent sellers on its online marketplace from lowering prices on other platforms and compels them to use Amazon’s logistics service to be eligible for Amazon Prime.
That is the abridged version of the FTC’s 172-page filing, parts of which are heavily redacted. An algorithm allegedly fueling much of this, which is referred to as Project Nessie, also makes an appearance.
In a statement, Amazon called the case “wrong on the facts and the law,” adding it looks forward to making that case in court.
Marketplace’s Lily Jamali spoke to Neil Chilson, the former chief technologist at the FTC and currently a research fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity, about the FTC’s lawsuit. He said Amazon’s argument will likely hinge on the value it’s created for consumers and sellers.