Amazon is finding a friend at the Federal Trade Commission, even though founder Jeff Bezos is not thought to be on good terms with President Trump.
Interim FTC Chair Maureen Ohlhausen, speaking last week at a Georgetown Law School conference, said the agency should not be “interventionist” when monitoring the digital economy.
There have been public calls for the FTC to examine Amazon because it is becoming too dominant in too many areas.
“She’s saying it is not our role to say a company is becoming too big, but only to examine them if they are misusing their monopolistic power,” a DC lawyer who knows Ohlhausen said.
The FTC in August cleared Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods Markets.
What’s in the future for Amazon? Well, Trump is expected to soon nominate Paul, Weiss, Rifkind lawyer Joseph Simons to be FTC chair, and the expectation is his views will be similar to the current chair’s, the source said.