Amazon’s Bezos, Jassy must testify in FTC investigation

The decision comes from before Amazon (AMZN) He claims FTC staff harassed the two men and imposed disproportionate burdens on them. Amazon submitted a petition to the agency’s top officials asking them to intervene.

But agency commissioners said Amazon failed to meet the legal threshold to quash the civil subpoenas issued to the two men.

“Amazon provides no reason why the Commission should accept less than all the relevant testimony it can obtain from these two witnesses,” FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson wrote in Wednesday’s order.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The requirement that Amazon’s most powerful leaders testify to the FTC underscores the depth and breadth of the agency’s investigation, which covers a wide range of Amazon services.

It began in March 2021 as an investigation into Amazon Prime, in which Amazon automatically enrolled consumers in the program without their consent. Since then, the probe has expanded to include nearly half a dozen Amazon services, including Audible, Amazon Music, Kindle Unlimited, and Subscribe & Save.

The expanded probe comes after a Business Insider article reported that some Amazon insiders were concerned that the company’s customer acquisition and retention practices may be “deliberately confusing.”

Amazon has said that after providing thousands of documents related to the Prime investigation, the FTC’s request for more information is unreasonable. To fulfill the request, among other things, many other employees would have to be interviewed to find relevant information, he said.

Amazon also argued in its petition that Bezos and Jassy should not have to testify because other officials would have the specific knowledge sought by the FTC.