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Amazon can be held liable for Marketplace sales, court rules

July 09, 2019 / Ben Unglesbee

Amazon can face liability and negligence litigation over a malfunctioning dog leash sold on its third-party Marketplace platform, according to a split ruling last week by a federal appeals court. Amazon did not immediately reply to Retail Dive's request for comment.The dog leash, which blinded the plaintiff in one eye when it broke and recoiled, was sold by third-party vendor called "The Furry Gang." Neither the plaintiff nor Amazon could locate the vendor after the injury and it has not had an active account on Amazon's website since 2016.According to the ruling, Amazon had argued that it was not a seller for the purpose of Pennsylvania liability laws because it "merely provides an online marketplace." But the court disagreed, noting Amazon's deep involvement in regulating sales on its Marketplace and interacting with customers.