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•   Reuters reports that Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh, an Indian retail group, has asked that country's courts to "allow the restart of an antitrust investigation into Amazon.com Inc and a Walmart unit that is on hold following a legal challenge by the companies … The appeal will likely be heard later this month at a time when both Amazon and Flipkart are battling slowing sales and logistical challenges during India's lockdown to tackle the coronavirus which has resulted in supply chain disruptions."

The story notes that "the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in January ordered an investigation into business practices of the two e-commerce giants, but the High Court in Karnataka state put it on hold after Amazon argued the CCI did not have sufficient evidence to order it … Amazon and Flipkart have been facing mounting criticism from Indian retailers which accuse them of discriminating against small sellers and racking up billions of dollars of losses to fund deep discounts."