A California court rules Amazon can be liable for defective goods sold on its marketplace. This is a very small step, but it is still a step. According to a CNBC Story – “On Thursday, the California Fourth District Court of Appeals ruled that Amazon can be held liable for damages caused by a defective replacement laptop battery that caught fire and gave a woman third-degree burns. The woman, Angela Bolger, alleges she bought the laptop battery from a third-party seller.”
What does this mean for board games? Have you ever been duped into buying a counterfeit copy of a game or got something that was not quite as advertised? Amazon has done a good job of staying out of it when it comes to 3rd Party sellers, but this ruling is saying that may no longer be possible. Responsibility is still a grey area and this is a decision in that fight. Just to be clear, this is just a small little thing that is not going to come anywhere near board games any time soon, but it is interesting to speculate about what the future might hold.
The CNBC Story continues – “The ruling deals a major blow to Amazon, which has for years successfully fought off lawsuits that try to place liability on the company for faulty products sold through its site that cause injury and property damage.”