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Amazon LLC: Who Is Liable for Third-Party Vendors in the Supply Chain?

Elizabeth Horan, Conglin Liu, Adom Kouame, James S. O’Rourke
January 15, 2023
SKU:
BUS-008901
Region: 
North America
Topic: 
Strategy & General Management, Operations
Length: 
10 pages
Keywords: 
Third-Party Vendors, Lithium-Ion Batteries, Product Liability, Strict Product Liability
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.66)
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Customers and vendors alike are beginning to address the question of strict product liability as it pertains to an online marketplace such as Amazon LLC and the products sold on its platform by third-party vendors. This case centers on a hoverboard purchased from Amazon, which exploded because of defective lithium-ion batteries. Who should be held responsible for injuries and damage?