The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has called on Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to appear before the panel. The committee wants Bezos to address allegations that the e-commerce giant uses data from its third-party sellers to create and sell its own competing products. Both Democrats and Republicans on the committee sent a letter to Bezos, citing an article from the Wall Street Journal that highlighted these allegations.
The committee members expressed concern that if the claims in the article are true, Amazon’s previous statements to the committee regarding its business practices would be misleading or potentially false. As of now, Amazon has not responded to the request for comment.
The issue at hand stems from statements made by Amazon’s associate general counsel, Nate Sutton, who testified under oath last July and in written testimony that the company does not utilize sensitive business information from independent sellers to develop its own products. However, a recent report by the Wall Street Journal featured accounts from 20 former employees of Amazon’s private label business, who claimed that the company does indeed use such data.
Prominent Democrats Jerrold Nadler, David Cicilline, Joe Neguse, and Pramila Jayapal, along with Republican Representatives James Sensenbrenner, Ken Buck, and Matt Gaetz, have all signed the letter requesting Bezos’ testimony.
The Judiciary Committee’s move signals a growing scrutiny of Amazon’s business practices and its treatment of third-party sellers. The outcome of Bezos’ testimony could have significant implications for the future regulation and oversight of the e-commerce giant.
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