The European Union’s European Commission is continuing its antitrust investigation of Amazon.com, announcing a “preliminary view that [Amazon] has breached EU antitrust rules.” The Commission alleges that the company engages in “the abuse of a dominant market position,” and that Amazon competes with the third-party sellers hosted on the site unfairly by using proprietary data. The Commission has opened a second investigation into whether Amazon gives illegally unfair treatment to vendors who use Amazon fulfillment services. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager released a statement that reads, in part, “We do not take issue with the success of Amazon or its size. Our concern is a very specific business conduct, which appears to distort genuine competition.” Amazon replied that, “We disagree with the preliminary assertions of the European Commission and will continue to make every effort to ensure it has an accurate understanding of the facts.”
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