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A dog collar bought on Amazon failed, now this Pennsylvania woman is blind in one eye. Who’s liable?

A woman purchased a dog collar on Amazon, and took her dog for a walk. During the run, the collar fell apart, with a piece of it hitting the woman’s eye. She is now suing Amazon for damages, as the collar was sold on its marketplace. However, Amazon is contending it is merely the go-between, and that the seller is responsible for all the damages. Amazon curates and influences the order of listings, and is not impartial in its ranking system, so legal experts believe it may be partially liable.

Key Takeaways:

  • Amazon is trying to quantify itself as the platform only, and remove itself from liability in its products.
  • Laws governing Amazon’s liability and responsibility are outdated, and vary on a statewide basis.
  • The injured plaintiff says they have intent to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to get justice.

“The decisions have not dealt with actual liability, but only with the question of whether Amazon is in the chain of potential liability.”

Read more: https://www.inquirer.com/business/amazon-online-sale-product-liability-law-oberdorf–20191202.html

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