"The Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit accusing (AMZN.O) of deceptive consumer practices unfairly cites communications between the e-commerce giant and its lawyers as evidence, a corporate lawyer advocacy group has told a U.S. judge.

The Association of Corporate Counsel on Wednesday filed a friend of the court brief in the FTC case in Seattle federal court, where the agency in June accused Amazon of tricking consumers into signing up for its Prime paid membership service and making it hard for them to leave.

The group's amicus brief warned that the agency's lawsuit improperly suggested Amazon officials knew they were breaking consumer protection law since they were in regular contact with lawyers familiar with the regulatory provisions at issue.

Association of Corporate Counsel chief legal officer Susanna McDonald said in a statement on Thursday that any effort to deter clients from speaking with their attorneys "runs counter to the recognized role that attorney-client privilege for in-house counsel plays in supporting the administration of justice."

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