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Unable to predict whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would hold Amazon strictly liable for a third-party vendor’s defective product, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has sent the case to the state high court, asking it to weigh in.

The court’s decision came in the case of Oberdorf v. Amazon.com, in which the plaintiff was injured when a dog leash, purchased on Amazon, broke and hit her in the face. The central question in case was whether the Restatement (Second) of Torts Section 402A applies to Amazon.

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P.J. D'Annunzio

Reporter at the Legal Intelligencer covering public corruption, federal courts, and breaking news.

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