Amazon.com Inc. failed to meet UK regulators’ deadlines to pass emails between senior executives, including CEO Jeff Bezos, during an investigation into the retail giant’s investment in Deliveroo.
The UK’s antitrust watchdog has fined Amazon 55,000 pounds ($ 72,000) for delaying in providing internal documents essential to the investigation. A total of 189 documents were provided between a few days and more than two months after the deadline, and only after repeated follow-ups by the regulator, said the Competition and Markets Authority in a report published on Monday.
Amazon was required to produce all emails sent or received in the past two years by an unnamed senior executive and key custodian of the company, which included one of the specified lists of conditions provided by the watchdog.
The missing communications included an email chain between Bezos and other senior executives that ended on April 2, 2019. The report did not reveal what was discussed in the messages.
Amazon handed over the messaging chain almost two months after the deadline set by the regulator.
“We are committed to supporting regulators in their work,” an Amazon spokesperson said via email. “We have fully cooperated with the AMC investigation and have worked hard to provide large amounts of information in a timely manner. All requested documents have been provided to CMA. ”
Amazon’s minority investment in the food delivery service wasapproved by the CMA last month after an investigation into the roller coaster. The CMA concluded that the 16% stake would not significantly reduce competition – but warned of a potential new investigation if Amazon continued to gain a greater level of control over Deliveroo.
Amazon will not appeal the decision and will pay the fine. He is required to do so within 28 days of the date of the notice.