Amazon says it would support a California bill that holds all stores and online marketplaces liable for faulty products. This comes after an appeals court ruled earlier this month that Amazon should be held liable for products sold on its website that turn out to be defective.
- A bill in the California legislature, AB 3262, would require all electronic retail marketplaces to be held strictly liable for damages caused by defective products.
- Following this month's appeals ruling, Amazon policy guru Brian Huseman said the company now supports the bill if it was amended "so that all stores, including online marketplaces, are held to the same standards."
- This month's ruling from the California Fourth District Court of Appeals delivered a blow to Amazon, which previously avoided liability by claiming it is only a service provider. Amazon has vowed to appeal the ruling, which determined that it's liable for damages from a defective laptop battery sold to a San Diego resident, Angela Bolger, on its marketplace.