Platform liability for unsafe products sold by third party sellers

6 October 2021

Some of the favourite expressions of online platform providers around the world are that they ‘only offer a platform’ and are ‘in no way responsible for statements made or goods offered by third parties on their platform’. However, recent US case law held Amazon liable for physical harm caused by goods sold by a third party on their platform. This newsletter provides an overview of this case law and looks into the question of whether the EU Product Liability Directive allows a similar approach.

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