(Reuters) — The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Friday known as on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to testify to the panel about allegations that the web retailer makes use of knowledge from its personal third-party sellers to create competing merchandise.
In a letter to Bezos signed by Democratic and Republican members of the panel, the lawmakers referred to an April 23 Wall Street Journal story about Amazon, saying, “If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious.”
A spokesman for Amazon mentioned the corporate had no quick remark.
At challenge are statements by Amazon’s affiliate common counsel, Nate Sutton, who denied under oath final July and in written testimony that Amazon used delicate enterprise info from unbiased sellers on its platform to develop merchandise for Amazon to promote.
The Wall Street Journal reported final month that Amazon did certainly use the info. It cited 20 former staff of Amazon’s personal label enterprise.
The letter was signed by Representatives Jerrold Nadler, chair of the Judiciary Committee; David Cicilline, chair of the antitrust subcommittee; Joe Neguse; and Pramila Jayapal, all of whom are Democrats.
It was additionally signed by Republican Representatives James Sensenbrenner, Ken Buck and Matt Gaetz.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Richard Cowan, Diane Bartz and Nandita Bose; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)