Defective dog leash could bite Amazon

Amazon sells just about everything you can want or imagine. However, more than half the products you buy are actually sold by someone else, a third-party seller who takes advantage of Amazon’s massive marketplace platform.

A recent federal court ruling could have an enormous impact, not just on Amazon, but for those of us who buy a lot of goods online. In July, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Amazon is liable for defective products sold by third-party sellers.

2016 lawsuit is at the center of the ruling

A Pennsylvania woman filed a lawsuit in 2016 against Amazon claiming she was blinded in one eye after a retractable dog leash snapped back and hit her while she was walking her dog. She bought the leash on Amazon from a third-party vendor.

In the past, courts have consistently ruled that companies, like Amazon, fall under the Communications Decency Act, which protects companies like Facebook and Twitter from being sued over comments or posts on their sites. In the latest ruling, the appeals court said there’s a difference between free speech and consumer products.

A significant ruling against Amazon may help protect consumers

Amazon earned nearly $11 billion in revenue from third-party sellers for the first quarter of 2019. The decision could mean that the company is at least partially responsible for any sale on its website that goes bad for the consumer, especially if the product has design flaws or other defects.

When Arizonans buy something on Amazon or from any other seller, they expect the product to be in good working order and not have any defects, especially flaws that injure or potentially cause someone’s death. If you are injured by a dangerous or defective product, working with an experienced Arizona injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve to recover lost income and medical costs.

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  • Maricopa Country Bar Association
  • State Bar Of Arizona
  • United States Court Of Appeals | Ninth Circuit

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