Court Ruled: #Amazon Can Be Held Liable For Defective Third-party Products On Its Platform

New York (The Verge) — Amazon can be held liable for defective third-party products on its platform, court rules….

Amazon can be sued over third-party sales on its platform, a federal court ruled today, setting a potentially damaging precedent for the company.

While Amazon sells goods itself, it also allows vendors to sell their products through its Marketplace platform, taking a cut in the process. In late 2014, a woman named Heather Oberdorf ordered a dog collar from a Marketplace seller, but it broke on a walk, sending the leash flying and permanently blinding her in one eye. The seller hasn’t been found, but Oberdorf sued Amazon, accusing the company of negligence.

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. Colin Lecher/@verge

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