updated 07:03 am EDT, Wed July 2, 2014
Deleted accessory listings, counterfeit accusations prompt Amazon seller lawsuit
An accessories retailer has filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Apple, over removed product listing requests and lost sales. Filed last week, Hard 2 Find Accessories claims Amazon took down product listings from its site and suspended its seller's account after a request by Apple, a move which is allegedly costing Hard 2 Find more than $180,000 a month in lost revenues.
The suit alleges Apple complained about the listings to Amazon because it believed the items being sold were counterfeit, reports CNET, with Hard 2 Find accusing the two companies "anti-competitive". The filing alleges that "Apple and Amazon have engaged in conspiratory and/or concerted action that involves Apple monitoring Amazon's sellers (like H2F) for selling items at an 'aggressive price point'," that Amazon withheld payments for long periods of time, and that Amazon failed to conduct a "thorough investigation" of Apple's complaint.
Hard 2 Find is asking for compensation covering "all injuries and damages" suffered by the company, "all damages allowed by law," attorney and expert fees, and costs. Hard 2 Find is also requesting for a trial by jury.
Apple did not pass comment on the lawsuit to the report, while an Amazon spokesperson advised the company does not talk about active litigation or individual sellers in public.
This is not the only time Amazon has had issues with companies selling products through its online store. In May, Amazon pulled access to its store from Mediabridge, after the networking company sued an Amazon reviewer for leaving negative comments for one of its products. The retailer also blocked pre-orders for movies in an attempt to improve its position in negotiations with Warner Bros., a tactic it is still employing against book publisher Hachette, while its sheer size and influence has led to accusations of bullying from independent publishers.