AG Racine Should Appeal Judge Puig-Lugo’s Amazon Decision

March 21, 2022 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The American Economic Liberties Project released the following statement in response to news that Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo granted Amazon’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine that challenged Amazon’s unfair monopolistic practices within logistics and ecommerce.

“D.C. Attorney General Racine’s suit against Amazon was detailed, factually rigorous, and legally sound. There were no grounds for Judge Puig-Lugo’s decision to ignore the facts and legal arguments made in this vital case. In fact, a similar complaint just passed the motion to dismiss stage in Seattle,” said Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties Project. “Though Judge Puig-Lugo offered no written explanation for his decision, his oral comments indicate that he is unfamiliar with the record, the market structure involved in online commerce, and the basics of antitrust law. It is an outrageous and embarrassing decision, and we encourage Attorney General Racine to appeal.”

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.