Amazon.com Inc has requested Supreme Court docket to pause an expedited assessment of allegations that the USagency hid info whereas in search of antitrust clearance for a 2019 cope with Future Group, authorized papers seen by Reuters confirmed.
The Competitors Fee of India (CCI) in June accused Amazon of concealing information and making false submissions when it sought approval for the $200 million funding right into a Future unit in 2019, a deal that’s now on the coronary heart of protracted authorized disputes between the 2 sides.
Amazon informed Reuters on the time that it was assured of addressing the watchdog’s considerations. The Supreme Court docket method by Amazon comes because the CCI on Wednesday held a closed-door listening to the place the US agency’s attorneys declined to argue and clarify their place on the matter, saying they’d requested the highest courtroom to pause the method.
The watchdog famous in an inner doc – seen by Reuters – that it had determined to present no extensions to the corporate to elucidate its place and can now subject an order in the end.
Amazon and the CCI didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The CCI resolution is vital to Amazon’s authorized challenges.
If the CCI guidelines in opposition to Amazon and revokes the 2019 approval, it might have wide-ranging ramifications on the US agency’s ongoing authorized battle with Future, folks acquainted with the case say.
That is as a result of Amazon has to date efficiently used the 2019 Future unit deal to argue breach of sure contracts when the Indian firm introduced plans to promote its retail belongings to rival Reliance Industries for $3.4 billion final yr.
Future, which denies any wrongdoing, accuses Amazon of illegally interfering in its enterprise choices and derailing a possible deal with out which it says it can face liquidation.