Amazon will go to trial for the FTC antitrust case in 2026





The Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Amazon will go to trial in October 2026, according to court documents.

In September, the FTC and 17 state attorneys general sued Amazon alleging the e-commerce giant of abused its retail platform’s clout to unfairly adjust prices to outdo third-party sellers.

The case was thrust back into the spotlight in November when the agency claimed Amazon executives destroyed two years of communications to hamper the investigation. The news came to light when sections of the previous complaint were unredacted in addition to revealing an algorithm called “Project Nessie,” which the FTC alleges Amazon used to manipulate prices.

The Commission said “Project Nessie” was “a covert operation” that generated more than $1 billion in extra profit for the online retailer.

Amazon is synonymous with online shopping, but over the years, the retail giant has expanded into movies, TV, and video games along with brick-and-mortar stores like Whole Foods and Amazon-branded supermarkets. The company’s far-reaching presence has long raised a red flag for the FTC that it could be promoting its own brand over other retailers.

The lawsuit could potentially open a dialogue about breaking up the company.

Amazon declined to comment.

The FTC wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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