September 22, 2021
Court Rules Amazon Responsible for Third-Party Product Safety

Another California State Court Says Amazon is Responsible for the Safety of Third-Party Products

A California appeals court decides Amazon is indeed responsible for the safety of third-party products sold through its online marketplace…

In August of last year, a state appellate court in California ruled Amazon could be held liable for damages and injuries caused by faulty merchandise sold through its third-party marketplace. The decision came after a San Diego Superior Court ruled in Amazon’s favor over a lawsuit filed by Angela Bolger, who suffered third-degree burns on her arms and legs after a laptop battery burst into flames.

Now, a California state appeals court has ruled that Amazon is indeed responsible for the safety of third-party products available through its marketplace following a 2015 hoverboard fire. This, although the e-commerce giant won the initial ruling.

Court Rules Amazon Responsible for Third-Party Product Safety

The earlier finding agreed with Amazon, that the internet giant merely served as a connection between buyers and sellers. (Doing so by providing organized advertising, allowing consumers to quickly find what they are looking for.) But now, the judges have determined there is a “direct link,” in the distribution system which makes Amazon liable for the safety of third-party products. 

If the latter decision stands, it could very well cause Amazon to change its policies. These could include such measures as stepping-up its seller vetting processes and/or be willing to accept liability for third-party products.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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