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Amazon and EBay Would Face Counterfeit Liability Under New Bill

May 27, 2021, 8:45 PM

E-commerce platforms run by Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. would face increased liability when third-party vendors on their sites sell dangerous counterfeits under a bill discussed by a U.S. House panel Thursday.

To be shielded from this liability, the bipartisan legislation would require platforms to take steps such as verifying manufacturer identity and permanently banning repeat counterfeit vendors. The bill is limited to knockoffs that pose a health risk, such as exploding iPhone chargers or non-functional personal protective equipment.

“This bill is narrow because it only deals with health and safety. In a perfect world, we would deal with every ...