One Amazon third-party seller is suing Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) over deleted listings. The company is called Hard 2 Find Accessories, and it claims the e-tail giant wrongly took down the its product listings and suspended the seller’s account.. The retailer filed the lawsuit just last week.
Amazon and Apple face a lawsuit from same company
The lawsuit reports, Apple initially asked the e-tailer to take down the listings which were believed to be counterfeit items. Hard 2 Find Accessories claims the action is both a conspiracy and anti-competitive. A representative for Amazon said the e-tailer does not discuss active litigations or seller accounts. Apple also declined to comment on the matter.
Amazon has a history of problems with sellers all thanks to the company’s competitive nature that ocassionally works against sellers. This time, however, a seller is accusing them of working with another company.
The timeline of events as shared from Hard 2 Find Accessories shows the timeline of events. This includes allegations against the e-tailer for withholding payments for a significant amount of time as well as refusing to conduct a complete investigation of Apple’s alleged claims before taking action. The lawsuit also claims Apple’s accusation a form of defamation.
FTC may sue Amazon over in-app downloads
Amazon may also face another lawsuit, this time from the Federal Trade Commission. The company is battling claims over failing to get parental permission for app and in-app purchases on the Kindle Fire. Amazon sent documents to the FTC in preparation. These documents outlined Amazon’s response to the lawsuit which report the company’s intent to defend itself in court instead of agreeing to disclosures or fines. Andrew DeVore (Amazon’s Associate General Counsel) added that Amazon refunded customer purchases and included notices of in-app purchases which include effective parental controls. The FTC wants Amazon to comply to the same set of rules Apple agreed to in early 2014.