Amazon is responsible for defective products sold by third-party sellers through its Marketplace, a California appeals court ruled this week. The decision, led by Justice Patricia Guerrero, overturned a previous San Diego Superior Court verdict that let Amazon off the hook because it acts as a service provider, which is not covered by the state's product liability law, according to Reuters.
Owned and operated by Amazon, Marketplace allows third-party vendors to sell new or used products to the tech company's massive customer base. Goods may be stored in Amazon warehouses, and shipping and customer service handled directly by the e-commerce firm. The platform came under fire, however, when Angela Bolger sued Amazon for negligence after buying a replacement laptop battery, which allegedly exploded and burned Bolger, from Lenoge Technology (HK) Ltd. (operating under the pseudonym "E-Life") .
Because it did not technically distribute, …