A district court in Pennsylvania found that Amazon couldn’t be sued because it wasn’t a “seller” under the law, and because it is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives protection to platforms from the actions of the people using those platforms.
Amazon can be sued over third-party sales on its platform, a federal court ruled today, setting a potentially damaging precedent for the company.
The court also ruled that Amazon is protected for “speech” on its platform, but wasn’t necessarily protected for the sale of goods in the real world.
In the ruling, the appeals court said Amazon could be held liable for its role in the sales chain.
The seller hasn’t been found, but Oberdorf sued Amazon, accusing the company of negligence.