The Pennsylvania district court has issued a ruling that could set a dangerous precedent for Amazon. This court ruled against Jeff Bezos’ company in a lawsuit regarding a defective product sold by third parties in its online store.
As you know, Amazon is not the only one selling products in its online stores. The US company also allows third parties to place their products on sale on the platform for a fee. That rate has already raised $ 11 billion to Amazon only between January and March this year.
Currently, Amazon’s policies state that it is not responsible for products sold by third parties. However, the decision of the Pennsylvania district court may change this scenario.
Defective collar for a dog is the origin of the lawsuit against Amazon
The case dates back to 2016 when Heather Oberdorf bought a retractable collar for his dog through the Amazon online store. This collar eventually split during a walk with the animal, causing Oberdorf to become blind in one eye.
This defective product was sold by a third-party seller, but the injured accused Amazon of negligence. Several other courts have concluded that Jeff Bezos’ company could not be held guilty. But the most recent decision by the Pennsylvania district court comes in favor of the complainant.
In this court’s ruling it can be read that Amazon allows third-party sellers to hide from buyers. A practice that may cause defective items to be left without any response from the person responsible for that item.
What influence could this decision have for the future of Amazon?
This ruling against Amazon could set a dangerous precedent for the American giant. If more courts begin deliberating in the same way, the retail giant may be able to start tackling problems that it itself can not control.
We do not know if there is any sort of screening for products that are placed on Amazon’s website by third parties. Imagining that this does not happen, many defective products may appear in the online store without Amazon having responsibility in that regard.
If the company begins to be repeatedly held responsible for these defective products, many will be the damages that the company will have to give without any fault whatsoever.