Amazon demanded on Wednesday that Lina khan, the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and avowed critic of the company, is recusing any antitrust investigation into the e-commerce giant.
The company argued in a 25-page petition to the FTC that Ms Kahn could not be impartial in antitrust cases involving the company because she had strongly criticized Amazon as an academic and writer and because she had worked on the staff of a congressman. investigation of the company.
“At a minimum, this case gives the impression that the FTC, under the leadership of President Khan, would not be a neutral and impartial assessor of the evidence developed in an antitrust investigation against Amazon or in deciding whether or not to initiate action. execution against the company. the company said on file.
Amazon said Ms Khan should be barred from “at least all ongoing antitrust investigations on Amazon that the commission has notified Amazon about.” The company is the subject of an FTC investigation, as good as investigations by state attorneys general.
FTC spokeswoman Lindsay Kryzak declined to comment on the petition.
The petition shows how big tech companies are trying to disparage and discredit the efforts of the Biden administration and lawmakers to regulate the industry. They have lobbied against bills banning some of their business practices, supported outside advocacy groups that defend their position and hired dozens of lawyers to postpone investigations.
She told lawmakers during her April confirmation hearing that she saw “a whole range of potential risks” around businesses and signaled that she intended to try and manage those risks while she was there. at the agency.
Amazon said that if Ms Khan played a role in Amazon’s antitrust investigations, it would violate federal ethics rules and the company’s due process rights.
The company has attached a statement from Thomas D. Morgan, Professor of Law Emeritus at George Washington University, supporting its position. Mr Morgan said Amazon had paid him to provide his opinion.