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By Nandita Bose and Arundhati Sarkar

(Reuters) – Connecticut is investigating Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:) for potential anti-competitive habits in its enterprise promoting digital books, the state’s lawyer common mentioned on Wednesday.

The probe is one in every of many into the e-commerce platform’s enterprise practices. Amazon can be below investigation by the attorneys common in New York, California and Washington state and the Federal Commerce Fee.

“Connecticut has an lively and ongoing antitrust investigation into Amazon relating to probably anticompetitive phrases of their e-book distribution agreements with sure publishers,” Lawyer Normal William Tong mentioned in an announcement to Reuters.

The probe comes as know-how platforms face a backlash in the USA and internationally, fueled by issues amongst regulators, lawmakers and shopper teams that corporations have an excessive amount of energy and are harming customers and enterprise rivals.

Tong mentioned his workplace has beforehand taken motion in opposition to corporations equivalent to Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) and quite a lot of e-book publishers to guard competitors in that market and can proceed to watch it aggressively.

An Amazon spokeswoman declined to remark.

Amazon enjoys a dominant market share within the e-book enterprise, whose rivals embrace Barnes & Noble (NYSE:), Apple and Alphabet (NASDAQ:)’s Google.

A scathing antitrust report in October from the U.S. Home of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel revealed particulars of what it mentioned was Amazon’s anti-competitive habits and urged barring the corporate from working its on-line market, during which it additionally competes. Amazon had pushed again in opposition to the report earlier than it was launched, saying that market interventions “would kill off impartial retailers and punish shoppers by forcing small companies out of well-liked on-line shops, elevating costs and lowering shopper selection.”

Amazon’s on-line market has come below rising scrutiny over the way it treats sellers, gathers knowledge from such sellers and launches competing merchandise.

In 2012, the U.S. Justice Division alleged in an antitrust lawsuit that Apple together with 5 main publishers had labored collectively to lift costs of digital books. The publishers settled however Apple went to trial and misplaced.

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