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Now Amazon’s Gotta Worry About Exploding Batteries

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The question of whether Amazon can be held liable for faulty products that are sold on its Marketplace by third-parties is one that the e-commerce giant has wanted to settle for a long time. It got a little closer to an answer on Thursday when a California state appeals court ruled that, at least in the Golden State, Amazon has a lot to worry about.

Amazon user Angela Bolger claimed in a lawsuit that a replacement laptop battery purchased from an Amazon third-party seller, Lenoge Technology HK Ltd, exploded, causing her to endure “severe burns” on her arms, legs, and feet. Bolger wanted Amazon to be held directly accountable for distributing the defective product, but a San Diego Superior Court ruled in favour of Amazon, finding that it acted as a service provider in the chain of sales and wasn’t responsible under the state’s product liability law.

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Shopify soars as pandemic pushes more businesses to e-commerce [Video]

The Ottawa headquarters of Canadian e-commerce company Shopify is pictured on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Canadian Press The rush of small businesses into e-commerce during the pandemic helped Shopify Inc.‘s revenue double last quarter as its shares continued to soar upward, weeks after becoming Canada’s most valuable company. Revenue for the quarter ending June […]