Can an online marketplace be liable for damages caused by a third-party vendor’s product? The answer is, maybe. Join Rebecca and Steve as they discuss the recent court decisions that are calling into question Amazon’s immunity from liability for damages caused by products they sell on their site, and what these cases mean for the future of products liability cases in the world of online retailers.
You can read the courts’ opinions here:
Fox v. Amazon.com Inc., 2019 WL 2896326 (6th Cir. No. 18-5661, 2019)
Oberdorf v. Amazon.com Inc., 2019 WL 2849153 (3rd Cir. No. 18-1041, 2019) (Note that on August 23, 2019, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals granted a petition for rehearing. The Court vacated this July 3, 2019 Opinion, and will rehear the matter at a later date. We will release an update once the Third Circuit enters a new opinion.)