U.S. regulators and 17 states are suing Amazon over allegations the e-commerce behemoth abuses its position in the marketplace to inflate prices on and off its platform, overcharge sellers and stifle competition.
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- Who is responsible for protecting consumers in the United States from deceptive advertising and marketing and front unfair methods of competition?
- Why is it important that an organization oversee issues that impact consumers?
- What is a monopoly?
- Are monopolies legal in the United States?
- Do you think Amazon is a monopoly? Why or why not?
- Why are U.S. regulators suing Amazon?
- Why do you think it took years of investigating before filing a lawsuit?
- This news story suggests this is one of the most “significant legal challenges brought against it in its nearly 30-year history.” Why is this so significant?
- Based on what you learned in this news story, how has Amazon publicly responded to the lawsuit?
- The lawsuit alleges Amazon has engaged in anti-competitive practices. How has Amazon allegedly engaged in anti-competive practices?
- How do you think those practices could have impacted consumers?
- If Amazon loses the lawsuit, how might that impact consumers?