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Amazon sued by federal agency seeking recall of hazardous products on its site

July 19, 2021


In suing Amazon, the CPSC has followed logic already tested out by some consumers and brand owners that have sought to hold the e-commerce giant responsible for hazardous and counterfeit products sold through third parties on its website.

As one example, Amazon was sued by a customer after a dog leash sold on its Marketplace malfunctioned, retracted and blinded the customer. In 2019, a split group of federal circuit judges, in arguing for the company’s liability, pointed to Amazon’s extensive involvement in the sale process for third-party sellers on its site.

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