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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google called out for anticompetitive behavior

Reuters 01/21/2020

More than 80 tech firms were asked by Congress in September to provide examples of anticompetitive behavior by Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook and Google. Last Friday, four companies appeared before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee in Colorado to provide further evidence. PopSockets, a seller of collapsible phone grips, testified against Amazon. The company, which sold items on Amazon’s marketplace and then directly to the e-tail giant, ended its relationship after two years. CEO David Barnett said, Amazon “frequently lowered their selling price of our product and then expected and needed us to help pay for the lost margin.” He added, “On multiple occasions we found that Amazon Retail was itself sourcing counterfeit PopGrips and selling them alongside our authentic products.”

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