Amazon’s Contracts With Wholesalers Hurt Competition, D.C. Suit Alleges

WASHINGTON—The District of Columbia’s attorney general accused Amazon . com Inc. of contracting with wholesalers in a way that drives up product prices on other websites and insulates the e-retail giant from competition, adding new allegations to a pending district antitrust lawsuit.

New sections recently added to the district’s legal complaint, first filed in May, focus on Amazon’s contracts with so-called first-party sellers—companies that sell to Amazon, which in turn sells products to customers. The earlier complaint focused on third-party sellers who directly sell to consumers via the Amazon marketplace, alleging that the company acted anti-competitively by effectively blocking them from offering better deals off Amazon’s site.

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