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FTC declares that Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft have reported 819 acquisition deals that were worth more than $1 million, which included patents and acquisitions between 2010 and 2019.

The US Federal Trade Commission has revamped its antitrust investigation of Amazon.com Inc., shaking the group of investigators who are inquiring about witnesses who could be in danger and asking questions about Amazon.com’s recent acquisition of MGM Studios, three people who were part of the probe said.

The agency is investigating Amazon from the beginning of 2019, to deal with concerns about antitrust concerns in its retail operations and cloud-based computing. Lina Khan, who was appointed as the agency’s head in January, made a name due to her original legal document that addressed Amazon’s possible antitrust violations. She has expressed an interest personally in the probe.

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The case has been assigned to John Newman, an antitrust professor and former Justice Department prosecutor, who was appointed to the FTC as vice director in December. Newman has changed the manner in which the team investigates Amazon since taking over the case, according to the people who requested not to be identified in discussing information that is not available to the public.

The agency has decided not to discuss the organization’s new structure. Amazon hasn’t replied to a request to provide comments.

Trump Focus

Under the presidency of President Donald Trump, the FTC has decided to concentrate its antitrust investigation on Facebook and assigned only two lawyers to the Amazon investigation. Two of whom have indicated.

In the past, prior to joining the FTC following graduation from Columbia Law School, Khan was a staffer on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee that was looking into for 16 months the actions that Google Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Amazon, Apple Inc., and Meta Platforms Inc. Khan concentrated specifically on specifically the Google part of what became the report that comprised 449 pages, as well as one FTC member assigned by the panel to a part from Amazon’s Amazon section.

The report was published in October of 2020 but at the end of the summer report, the FTC investigation was not finding any new information in relation to the recommendations of Congress. Congress two individuals claimed.

In his first year as the head of the FTC, Khan helped draft several questions for investigators, one of those individuals said. Since then, FTC lawyers have homed on specific aspects of the investigation which involve Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing segment of Amazon Web Services, a company that is profitable, and also the $8.45 billion MGM acquisition.

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Amazon announced in March, that the company was concluding its deal with the movie studio after its review by the Federal Trade Commission concluded without contest.

The FTC didn’t make any formal comments regarding the transaction, but released a statement in which it declared the agency “does not approve of transactions and can challenge a deal at any time should it finds that it violates any law.”

FTC attorneys have raised questions on the MGM deal’s impact on Amazon’s online video streaming service, Amazon Prime, two of the respondents told.

Khan Opposition

Amazon has tried to exclude Khan in the belief that her professional experience may keep her from participating in all FTC suits against Amazon. Similar attempts to cancel her participation with Facebook were rejected by both the FTC and the federal judge who is in control of the FTC’s lawsuit against Amazon.

The FTC isn’t the only agency focused on Amazon. In response to an antitrust price-fixing investigation led initiated by Washington’s prosecutor general, Washington prosecutor general, the state of Amazon agreed to pay a $2.25 million fine in January. The company then put an end to the program after they reached an agreement regarding prices with third-party sellers, instead of realizing them.

Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, sued Amazon last year, alleging the online retailer encourages higher-than-necessary consumer prices through policies that guarantee the tech giant a minimum profit on each item sold while discouraging merchants on the site from offering their products at lower prices elsewhere.

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A Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit in March. However, DC appealed with help of the Biden administration. European regulators have been looking into how Amazon handles its platform’s sellers.

Daniel was born in Auckland and raised in Calgary, except for the time when he moved back to Quebec and attended high school there. He studied Physics and Science at the University of Auckland. He began writing after obsessing over books.

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