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Amazon Reaches $ 2.5 Million Settlement With Washington AG Over Pesticide Sales By Outside Traders

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. (File photo by GeekWire / Dan DeLong)

Amazon agreed to pay $ 2.5 million and institute a series of reforms to prevent unlicensed sales of regulated pesticides in its online marketplace in Washington state under an agreement with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

It is the most recent case in which the question has arisen as to whether Amazon is responsible for products sold by third-party merchants, something the company has firmly tried to avoid in other circumstances.

“Amazon sold these regulated pesticides on its site without a license and without verifying the licenses of buyers of restricted-use pesticides, or without collecting other legally required information, such as the intended use of the pesticide,” AG’s office said. in a press release announcing the deal. “Due to Amazon’s actions, there is no record of how or where the dangerous pesticides were used.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has carried out similar actions against Amazon in the past, including a $ 1.2 million settlement in 2018, as noted by The Seattle Times in your coverage of the latter case.

“Amazon is a powerful corporation, but it is not above the law,” Ferguson said in a statement. “I will continue to serve as an independent watchdog to protect consumers and our environment, and to ensure that this important Washington company complies with the law.”

This week’s agreement followed “several months of discussion” with the Attorney General’s office “regarding whether Amazon and our third-party selling partners had obtained proper licenses for the sale of certain pesticides within the state,” said a spokesman for Amazon in a statement to GeekWire on Tuesday morning.

The spokesperson added: ‚ÄúThere are no complaints of damage to the customer or the environment related to these pesticides. Amazon acted immediately upon first contact from the Attorney General’s Office on this issue, and we will continue to partner with the Attorney General’s Office and other relevant agencies to maintain compliance. “

In a press release announcing the deal, the AG’s office said Amazon “must obtain a license in the future if it restarts sales of these regulated pesticides.” AG’s office says the deal also requires Amazon to make sure third-party sellers are licensed.

Post updated to clarify the terms of the agreement.

See the full text of the consent decree below.

Amazon Consent Decree – Pesticides – Washington AG by GeekWire on Scribd

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