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Federal judge sets October 2026 date for Amazon antitrust trial

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A federal judge has set the date for the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust case against Amazon for October 2026.

Why it matters: The outcome of the regulator's lawsuit will have wide-ranging reverberations throughout the tech world and M&A.

Details: The FTC asked U.S. District Judge John Chun in Seattle for the parties to trial ready by May 2026, while Amazon pushed for December 2026, per reports.

Reality check: It gives both sides more than two and a half years to prepare, but a lot can and will happen until then, with this fall's election for starters.

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