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Amazon Under Scrutiny

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The Morning Context (an India-based research and media company) reports:

“Amazon Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, has initiated an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India, three individuals aware of the matter told The Morning Context, requesting anonymity. This investigation comes on the back of a whistleblower complaint alleging that certain monies paid by Amazon in legal fees have been funnelled into bribes by one or more of its legal representatives.

Two people who work closely with Amazon’s in-house legal team confirmed that Rahul Sundaram, senior corporate counsel at Amazon, has been sent on leave.”

According to reports, an Amazon representative stated: “We have zero tolerance for corruption. We take allegations of improper actions seriously, investigate them fully, and take appropriate action. We are not commenting on specific allegations or the status of any investigation at this time”.

Numerous companies have resolved FCPA enforcement concerning, in whole or in part, conduct in India.

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