eCommerce giant Amazon is taking EU antitrust regulators to court for allowing Italian Competition Authority (ICA) to pursue a separate case against it.
Amazon has launched a complaint with the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second-highest, to push for the investigation by ICA to be rolled into the wider EU probe that is currently being conducted against the company. The company’s move challenges the EU decision to exclude Italy from its investigation.
The lawsuit comes two months after the European Commission began investigating the criteria Amazon uses to select merchants for its “buy box,” which lets shoppers add items from a specific retailer directly into their shopping cart, Reuters reported. The EU probe is also examining whether Amazon gives an unfair advantage to marketplace sellers that use its logistics and delivery service and if it gives preferential treatment to its AmazonBasics retail products.
These are some of the same issues ICA began investigating in 2019 pertaining to their impact on the Italian seller and logistics market.
“When the European Commission decides to investigate a matter, European law says that national competition authorities cannot investigate the same topic. This did not occur in this instance, as the Commission’s opening decision attempts to exclude Italy,” Amazon said.