Amazon sues EU antitrust regulators

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Amazon is suing EU antitrust regulators for allowing the Italian competition watchdog to pursue its own case against it over the way it selects sellers. The U.S. argues that this should be wrapped into an EU investigation.

A court filing shows Amazon is asking the General Court, Europe’s second-highest, to annul the EU’s decision to exclude Italy from the wider investigation.

The move came two months after the European Commission opened an investigation into the criteria the company uses to select winners of its “buy box”, which allows customers to add items from a specific retailer directly into their shopping carts.

The probe will also examine whether the company gives preferential treatment to its own retail offers and marketplace sellers that use its logistics and delivery services.

The Italian case was launched in 2019 over the same issue but focuses on the Italian logistics markets.

Amazon said the EU should absorb the Italian case for the sake of consistency and efficiency.

The EU said it would defend its case in court.

Last November, the commission charged Amazon with damaging retail competition by using its size, power and data to gain an unfair advantage over smaller merchants that sell on its online platform.

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