(Reuters) – Connecticut is investigating Amazon.com Inc. for potentially anti-competitive behavior in its digital book sales business, the state attorney general said on Wednesday.
The probe is one of many in e-commerce. the business practices of the platform. Amazon is also under investigation by attorneys general in New York, California and the state of Washington and the Federal Trade Commission.
"Connecticut has an active and ongoing antitrust inquiry into Amazon regarding potentially anti-competitive terms in its e-book distribution agreement with certain publishers," Attorney General William Tong said in a statement to Reuters.
The probe comes when technology platforms face a backlash in the United States and around the world, driven by concerns among regulators, lawmakers and consumer groups that companies have too much.
Attorney General Tong said his office has previously taken action against companies such as Apple Inc. and a number of e-book publishers to protect competition in that market and will continue to monitor it aggressively.
An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.
Amazon has a dominant market share in the e-book industry, which rivals include Barnes & Noble Inc., Apple Inc. and Alphabetets Google LLC.
A sharp antitrust report in October from the US House of Representatives' Antitrust Panel published details of what it said was Amazon's anti-competitive behavior and suggested preventing the company from operating its online market, where it also competes. Amazon had pushed back against the report before it was released, saying that market interventions "would kill independent retailers and punish consumers by forcing small businesses away from popular online stores, raising prices and reducing consumer choice." come under increased scrutiny of how it treats salespeople, collects data from such salespeople and launches competing products.