An Italian court has suspended a ruling on e-commerce giant Amazon’s request to overturn a record €1.13 billion (nearly Rs 9,300 crore) fine imposed by Italy’s antitrust watchdog for alleged abuse of market dominance , announced a court ruling on Friday.
The Italian administrative court TAR del Lazio said it had suspended its decision pending a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the case.
A legal source said the EU court could rule on the pending case before next summer.
Last year, Italy’s competition watchdog ruled that Amazon had used its dominant position in the Italian brokerage market to drive consumer uptake of its own logistics service. active sellers on Amazon.
Then he imposed one of the heaviest sanctions on a US tech giant in Europe.
An Amazon spokesperson reiterated that the company strongly disagrees with the decision of the Italian competition authority (ICA) and that it will continue to press its position during the legal process.
“More than half of all Amazon’s annual sales in Italy come from SMEs. We have 20,000 Italian SMEs selling on Amazon, including self-managed sellers, and we are constantly investing to support their growth,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
The guard declined to comment.
After the fine was imposed, Amazon said it “strongly disagrees” with the Italian regulator’s decision and will appeal.
Meanwhile, the authority said Amazon is bound to use FBA’s access to a range of exclusive benefits, including the Prime label, which help increase visibility and increase sales on Amazon.
“Amazon does not allow third-party sellers to associate the Prime label with offers that are not managed by FBA,” he said.
On the other hand, Amazon said that FBA “is a completely optional service” and the majority of third-party sellers on Amazon do not use it.
“When sellers choose FBA, they do so because it’s efficient, convenient and competitively priced,” the company said in a statement.
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