Court says Amazon could be liable for third-party vendors' products

Amazon usually got away with lawsuits over third-party

Court says Amazon could be liable for third-party vendors' products

Curated via Twitter from Engadget’s twitter account….

We’ll likely see a lot more lawsuits against the company, not only because of the Philadelphia appeals court’s decision, but also because Amazon is bound to sell more and more independent businesses’ products in the future.

Now, though, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia has decided that the e-commerce giant can be held liable for products sold by third-party vendors doing business on its website.

By siding with the plaintiff, the appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision over a lawsuit filed by Heather Oberdorf, who was blinded when a retractable dog leash she bought from the website recoiled and hit her face.

As Reuters noted, the decision could lead to an onslaught of lawsuits against Amazon from buyers who end up with defective products from sellers using the platform.

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