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July 2019 Archives

Pennsylvania Products Liability Law: Amazon May be Liable for Defective "Marketplace" Items in Oberdorf Case

What role does Amazon play when third party vendors sell defective products? The Third Circuit has recently issued an opinion on the issue in the case of Oberdorf v. Amazon.com Inc., No 18-1041 (3d Cir. 2019). The Third Circuit has held that Amazon can be liable as a "seller" for defective products sold by third parties on its marketplace site, under Pennsylvania products liability law.