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AG suing Amazon in Arizona for ‘unfair’ business practices

The attorney general is filing two lawsuits in Arizona against Amazon that accuse the company of unfair business practices.

PHOENIX — Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is filing two lawsuits against Amazon that accuse the corporation of “unfair and deceptive business practices.”

Mayes announced Wednesday her office was suing Amazon for the company’s “confusing” cancellation process and “unfairly” maintaining its market dominance. 

The AG’s office is filing two lawsuits under the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and the Arizona Uniform State Antitrust Act.

“Amazon’s anti-competitive and monopolistic practices have artificially inflated prices for Arizona consumers and harmed smaller third-party retailers that rely on its platform,” Mayes said in a statement.

One of the lawsuits specifically targets an Amazon algorithm that the AG’s office claims is “biased” towards inflating the company’s profits by favoring Amazon products over smaller third-party sellers.

The lawsuit additionally accuses Amazon of hindering market competition by preventing third-party sellers from being able to offer lower prices outside of the Amazon platform.

12News has reached out to Amazon for comment and has not received a response.

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