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Amazon laminitis Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy indispensable attest successful an ongoing Federal Trade Commission probe into whether the institution misled radical into subscribing to Amazon Prime and different services, the bureau said Wednesday.
The determination follows earlier Amazon (AMZN) claims that FTC unit were harassing the 2 men and imposing undue burdens connected them. Amazon (AMZN) had filed a petition to the agency’s topmost officials asking them to intervene.
But bureau commissioners said Amazon had not met the ineligible threshold to quash the civilian subpoenas issued to the 2 men.
“Amazon provides nary crushed wherefore the Commission indispensable judge thing little than each the applicable grounds it tin get from these 2 witnesses,” FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson wrote successful Wednesday’s order.
Amazon didn’t instantly respond to a petition for comment.
The request that Amazon’s astir almighty leaders attest to the FTC underscores the extent and breadth of the agency’s investigation, which covers a sweeping scope of Amazon services.
It began successful March 2021 arsenic an probe into Amazon Prime, and whether Amazon automatically enrolled consumers successful the programme without their consent. The probe has since expanded to see astir a half-dozen Amazon services including Audible, Amazon Music, Kindle Unlimited and Subscribe & Save.
The expanded probe came aft a Business Insider nonfiction reported that immoderate wrong Amazon itself were acrophobic astir whether the company’s lawsuit acquisition and retention practices whitethorn beryllium “deliberately confusing.”
Amazon has said that aft providing thousands of documents related to the Prime investigation, the FTC’s petition for further accusation is unreasonably broad. Complying with the petition would require, among different things, interviewing a ample fig of different employees to find the applicable information, it has said.
Amazon besides argued successful its petition that Bezos and Jassy should not person to attest due to the fact that different officials would beryllium much apt to person the benignant of circumstantial cognition the FTC seeks.