Amazon on Wednesday demanded that the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, an avowed critic of the company, withdraw from all antitrust investigations against the e-commerce giant.
The company argued in a 25-page petition to the FTC that the chair, Lina Khan, could not be impartial in antitrust matters affecting the company because she criticized Amazon as a scientist and author and because she worked for a congressional investigation into the company.
“At least this record suggests that the FTC, led by Chairman Khan, would not be a neutral and impartial evaluator of the evidence developed in an antitrust investigation against Amazon or in deciding whether to take enforcement action against the company. “Said the company in the notification.
Amazon said Ms. Khan should be excluded from “at least any current Amazon antitrust investigations that the Commission has notified Amazon of”. The company is the subject of an FTC request, as well as Investigations by public prosecutors.
An FTC spokeswoman Lindsay Kryzak declined to comment on the petition.
The petition shows how the big tech companies are trying to demean and discredit the efforts of the Biden government and lawmakers to regulate the industry. They have campaigned against bills banning some of their business practices, supported external stakeholders defending their position, and Dozens of lawyers hired To fend off investigations.
President Biden Appointed Ms. Khan’s Chair this month after Congress approved her nomination for a seat on the commission. you has made no secret of their concerns about the largest tech companies in the country.
She told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing in April that she saw “a whole range of potential risks” in companies and signaled that she would try to address those risks while at the agency.
Amazon said if Ms. Khan played a role in Amazon’s antitrust investigation, it would violate federal ethics and the company’s right to due process.
The company included a statement from Thomas D. Morgan, a law professor emeritus from George Washington University, endorsing his position. Mr Morgan said he was paid by Amazon to give his opinion.