09/07/23 | Court Denies Amazon’s Motion to Dismiss
Judge John H. Chun of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington denied in full Amazon’s motion to dismiss antitrust claims regarding the company’s use of minimum margin agreements (MMAs) with suppliers. Judge Chun ruled that “Plaintiffs have adequately pleaded antitrust injury and direct injury,” and “The complaint states facts that, if taken as true, suffice to allege that the conduct at issue—Amazon’s MMAs—results in reduced consumer choices and an increase in prices of products bought by consumers.” The court rejected all of the grounds on which Amazon sought dismissal of the lawsuit, and all claims brought forth by the consumers will be allowed to proceed.

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Case Status
Active
Court
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Case Number
2:22-cv-00965
Defendant(S)
Amazon.com Inc.
File Date

Hagens Berman’s financial experts have discovered that consumer products at Amazon are likely subjected to price increases that violate antitrust laws. We believe millions of consumers overpaid for online purchases on Amazon.com because of its price-fixing and monopolizing conduct and that those who unknowingly paid high prices for online purchases deserve compensation for Amazon's greed and wrongdoing.

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

  • Apparel/Clothing: All clothing, women’s, men’s, children’s apparel, brand-name and non-branded, shoes, accessories, purses, luggage, sunglasses.
  • Home & Kitchen Goods: Furniture, appliances, dining wares, storage and organization, bedding, lighting, décor.
  • Beauty & Personal Care: Vitamins and supplements, hygiene items including dental care, soap and skincare, baby and childcare items, medical supplies, and health and wellness products.
  • AND MORE

AM I AFFECTED?

Amid inflation, economic shifts and supply chain issues, Amazon’s price-fixing and monopolizing practices have likely gone undetected by most purchasers, unable to tell if price increases were caused by other factors. Hagens Berman’s team of economic experts and forensic accountants have reviewed various datasets to reveal what we believe is likely rampant price-fixing and monopoly abuse by Amazon. We are still investigating but we believe all products under the affected categories of apparel, home/kitchen goods and personal care are likely affected, so that consumers have paid higher prices than what the market would have dictated.

AMAZON FACTS & FIGURES

  • Amazon is the world's largest online retailer
  • Amazon's two largest online competitors have only 7.1% and 4.3% share of the US online retail market.
  • More than 340 million products are sold on Amazon Marketplace, including sales by Amazon and 2.4 million other online retail sellers
  • Amazon’s share of sales on online retail marketplaces in the US may be as high as 90%
  • Sales on Amazon Marketplace account for over half of all U.S. retail e-commerce.
  • Before making a purchase 82% of consumers check Amazon’s prices
  • 96% of Amazon Prime customers are more likely to buy goods from Amazon Marketplace

TOP CONSUMER RIGHTS FIRM

Hagens Berman is one of the most successful consumer litigation law firms in the U.S. and has achieved more than $320 billion in settlements for consumers in lawsuits against Big Tech, retailers, food corporations, automakers, big banks and others. Hagens Berman has achieved many record-breaking victories in antitrust matters, and your claim will be handled by attorneys experienced in consumer law.

NO COST TO YOU

There is no cost or fee whatsoever involved in joining this case. In the event Hagens Berman or any other firm obtains a settlement that provides benefits to class members, the court will decide a reasonable fee to be awarded to the class's legal team. In no case will any class member ever be asked to pay any out-of-pocket sum.

CASE TIMELINE

Case Update

California attorney general, Rob Bonta, has filed a similar case against Amazon, repeating claims brought by Hagens Berman in its most recent antitrust cases against Amazon. In the state AG’s Sept. 14, 2022 filing, Bonta highlights Amazon’s agreements that thwart competition by agreement with its third-party sellers and by agreement with its suppliers. Since March of 2020, Hagens Berman has trailblazed antitrust cases against Amazon related to consumer price-fixing and monopoly claims: De Coster v. Amazon.com, Inc.; Brown v. Amazon.com, Incand Frame-Wilson v. Amazon.com, Inc.

Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney for consumers in the four class actions related to the AG’s case, said of the new filing, “We are pleased to see California’s attorney general has joined the fight we started in 2020 over Amazon’s unlawful tactics that have greatly harmed consumers. The proposed class actions we filed paved the way for additional antitrust actions against Amazon, and we believe consumers will reap the rewards of this collective action.”

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